Wednesday, 28 August 2013

New study investigating noise exposure among apprentices in the construction industry



noise exposure 124Dr Geza Benke and colleagues  Dr Agnieszka Kosny,  Professor Malcolm Sim, Dr  Ewan MacFarlane and Christina Dimitriadis, from MonCOEH/DEPM are conducting a study investigating how trade apprentices working in the construction sector understand their risks at work, with a special focus on noise.  The study has been commissioned by the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR) and will be carried out until the end of 2014.

Noise is a major hazard in the Australian construction sector. Claim rates for noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) increased by 50% between 1995 and 2009 in Victoria. As new workers, apprentices may be particularly vulnerable to various hazards in the workplace, including noise.

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