When we think of workplace injuries, we often think of accidents—unexpected events where someone gets hurt. The danger of workplace hearing loss is that it can be so gradual that we don’t even know it’s happening. While it’s natural to be startled at an abrupt, loud noise, we can learn to ignore more consistent exposure, like a loud work area. Certain solvents and chemicals can also cause or lead to hearing loss. Impaired hearing can lead to reduced awareness, concentration, and fatigue, all of which can lead to greater risk of injury.
For over 30 years, the DEKRA Safety In Action® conference has connected people who are passionate about safety improvement, team engagement, and exposure reduction technology. As registration begins for the 2020 conference, we had a conversation about where the conference is headed with Stan Owens, Principal Consultant at DEKRA OSR and conference content leader.
Research shows that 25% of OSHA recordable injuries could have been much worse.