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Health and Safety issues relating to the exposure to excessive noise in the workplace

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The Australian government has established maximum permissible noise level standards for employees to be exposed on shop floors. These standards are legal requirements and if not heeded can result in legal action via both government authorities and employee litigation claims.

Noise induced hearing loss is a major disease in Australia and 37% of all reported hearing loss is directly attributed to excessive noise exposure. Besides personal suffering, this often means long term absences through illness or high costs as a result of permanent disability. In less serious cases, too much noise is often the cause of loss of concentration and consequently loss of quality and lower production volumes.

Too much noise also threatens effective communication on the shop floor which leads to mistakes.  Studies have shown that noise pollution in training rooms leads to gaps in knowledge and even educational errors. TAFEs, colleges, schools, training centres and engineering workshops have benefited significantly from Flexshield "s Acoustic Welding Bays.

Flexshield's extensive range of sound control and noise screen products can reduce noise substantially, and enable companies to comply with the expected noise level standards. These innovative products ensure increased production and improved performance of employees in noisy environments.

Flexshield products increase not only the safety of the work place but also the efficiency, which in turn improves the workflow and generates cost savings.

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