Could Power Tools Damage My Hearing? Try This Online Noise Meter!

March 21, 2017
under construction too loud

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Noise is part of everyday life, but loud noise can permanently damage your hearing. Young or old, once you lose your hearing you can never get it back. The building trade is at particular risk because of the tools we have to use to get the job done. Tools and equipment that can cause hearing loss include:

  • Hammering
  • Drop forging
  • Pneumatic impact tools etc
  • Drills
  • Chainsaws
  • Explosive sources such as cartridge-operated tools or detonators, or guns.

If you use this equipment, you may think you know when to use ear protection and when you can get away with not using it. But can you be sure? The risks are pretty big! Here’s a nifty way of checking how aware you are.


Now here’s a nifty little gadget for you: Click on the NIOSH Noise Meter and you can hear the different sounds and sound intensities of anything from a belt sander to a bulldozer. A red bar below shows how long it takes before a particular sound level becomes dangerous to the human ear. For example, a chain saw has a sound intensity of about 110 decibels. Without proper hearing protection, running a chain saw for only 2 minutes becomes dangerous to the human ear!

Here you can find a load more information from the Health and Safety Executive about risks to hearing at the workplace, as well as explaining your employment rights to correct hearing protection.

TBS are happy to advise you on the right hearing protection for you, whether it is disposal earplug worn inside the ear or ear defenders worn over the ears.


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