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Study finds nightclub employees at risk!

DeafHear: Study finds nightclub employees at risk!

Recently the Sunday Times reported on a major health risk for Irish nightclub workers. A study of nightclubs in Dublin and Leinster has found that employees are being exposed to FOUR times the legal noise limit for the workplace. The research was carried out over the last four years by researchers from the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). Sara Boyd, a DIT lecturer who supervised the project said ‘There was a lack of compliance and awareness among nightclub owners, which is a worry. This is all about health protection. Once you damage your ears, it’s permanent.’

Aoife Kelly, a PhD student who carried out the research found that while some people worked in the industry for a short period, the average number of years worked in the industry was five years and some workers were exposed to high noise levels over a long period. There were nine nightclubs in the study that were assessed over a four year period, and none of them were inspected by the Health and Safety Authority.

DeafHear is not surprised by the results of this study and we hope that its publication will create greater awareness of this issue. As we have consistently highlighted, the WHO estimate that up to half of all hearing loss is preventable, while the social and economic costs of acquired hearing loss to society is considerable. The Sunday Times article points out that noise induced hearing loss is the most commonly reported occupational condition in Europe, with over 13 million employees reporting they are affected. DeafHear will be contacting the HSA in the near future in relation to achieving greater monitoring of noise levels in nightclubs.

It is also worth remembering that it is not just employees who are affected by excessive noise levels in nightclubs, so too are customers! If you frequent nightclubs, protect yourself by not standing or dancing close to speakers, and consider wearing some ear plugs to protect your hearing.




more...Hearing loss costs an estimated €2.2bn every year in Ireland.


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