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How to protect your hearing in the modern workplace

10 practical tips for Australian office workers

Open office layouts and collaborative environments are becoming more and more popular in Australia. Yet while these layouts do encourage teamwork and a closer working relationship, it’s essential that office workers are mindful of the potential impact of noise on their hearing health.

In this article, the Avenue team provide some practical tips and valuable insights for how office workers in Australia can prevent hearing damage and create a healthier work environment.

How to get started with soundproofing your office

If you’re dealing with excessive noise in the office, take a proactive approach. Start by discussing your concerns with your supervisor or manager. If the issue persists, escalate it to your Human Resources department or relevant health and safety representatives.

Safe Work Australia sets the standards for workplace safety, including guidelines for managing noise in the office. It’s important to familiarise yourself with these standards to ensure your workplace prioritises your wellbeing and complies with the regulations.

Taking immediate action is crucial if you’ve experienced hearing damage due to workplace conditions. Seek medical attention from an audiologist or ENT specialist, report the injury to your employer, and consider filing a workers’ compensation claim if applicable.



10 ways to protect your hearing in the office

In an office environment, protecting your hearing is a shared responsibility between employers and employees. Here are practical steps you can take to prevent hearing damage in your office.

1) Use noise-cancelling headphones

Invest in noise-cancelling headphones to block background noise and enhance your focus.

2) Choose quiet equipment

Ask your employer or manager to opt for office equipment with lower noise levels to create a quieter work environment.

3) Control background noise

Talk to your employer about installing sound-absorbing materials, and designating quiet areas to minimise ambient noise.

4) Establish quiet hours

Designate specific times for focused, quiet work to reduce overall noise levels.

5) Educate your fellow employees

Raise awareness about the impact of noise on hearing health, and encourage noise-reducing behaviours.

6) Use background music thoughtfully

Keep background music at a moderate level to avoid contributing to the office’s overall noise.

7) Implement soundproofing measures

Talk to your employer about installing materials to reduce noise transmission between office areas.

8) Ensure you work with PPE where needed

In high-noise environments, make sure you are provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as earplugs or earmuffs.

9) Regularly assess and monitor noise levels

Ask your employer to conduct regular assessments of noise levels and take corrective actions as needed.

10) Remember that quieter workplaces need teamwork

Encourage a culture of hearing health awareness in your workplace. Regular hearing screenings can lead to early detection and better outcomes for employees.

Talk to Avenue about office noise control

Prioritising hearing health in the office is a collective effort that involves understanding and adhering to workplace standards, addressing noise complaints effectively, and taking proactive measures to prevent hearing damage.

By implementing these strategies, Australian office workers can create a conducive and healthier work environment that promotes overall well-being.

To find out more about how to protect your staff from hearing damage, please contact Avenue Interior Systems on 1300 827 177.