Protecting the Hearing Health of Construction Workers

Protecting the Hearing Health of Construction Workers

At Cirrus Research, we are fully aware of the challenges faced by the construction industry, a sector crucial to shaping our ever-growing world. One significant issue that often flies under the radar is the continuous exposure of workers to high noise levels, a hazard that can lead to serious hearing health problems, this can have a detrimental effect on workers lives, often causing difficulty in communications, which in turn caused them to feel isolated, this could also lead to a downfall of health and safety on the building site as your staff may have a harder time following verbal orders/auditory warnings . This noise, commonly produced by heavy machinery and power tools, must not be underestimated.

From 2000 to 2016, UK employers were forced to settle more than 150,000 insurance claims made by employees whose hearing had been permanently damaged at work! Source: BSC

The Silent Peril: Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is a prevalent occupational health hazard, especially within the construction industry where noise from heavy machinery and power tools is the norm. NIHL isn’t immediate but instead, subtly chips away at an individual’s hearing capacity over years of exposure, often remaining unnoticed until the damage is substantial.

To help control noise levels effectively, we’ve developed a range of noise measurement instrumentation that provides objective, actionable data on sound levels. This enables companies to implement necessary protective measures, making construction environments safer for workers.

Meet Our doseBadge Personal Noise Dosimeter

One of our key offerings for the construction industry is the doseBadge Personal Noise Dosimeter. This lightweight and unobtrusive device is designed to measure the ‘dose’ of noise a worker is exposed to over a working day. By allowing companies to evaluate individual risk accurately, it facilitates the establishment of personalized protective measures, enhancing worker safety.

Introducing the Optimus+ Red Sound Level Meter

For immediate noise level readings, we recommend our Optimus+ Red Sound Level Meter. This handheld device is perfect for spot checks, providing reliable and accurate measurements instantly. Its user-friendly design and robust build make it an essential tool on any construction site.

At Cirrus Research, we’re not just committed to innovation and user-friendly design, but also to equipping businesses with the necessary tools to implement effective noise control measures. Protecting workers from harmful noise exposure is not just a legal requirement – it’s a moral imperative.

Let’s make the construction industry safer for our workers’ hearing health. By harnessing the power of accurate noise measurement tools like our doseBadge Personal Noise Dosimeter and the Optimus+ Red Sound Level Meter, we can work towards a future where construction noise is effectively managed, safeguarding the hearing health of construction workers.

Interested in learning how Cirrus Research can help you manage and monitor the noise on your site?

You can speak to our team by calling us on +44 1723 891655, or by emailing us at

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