What Are The Risks For Employees Exposed To High Levels Of Noise?

onsite audiometric testing on their staff to ensure that they are not suffering form any hearing difficulties caused by loud sounds in their work environment.

What is noise and how can it affect your health

Noise exposure can be defined as the amount of sound that an individual is exposed to over a period of time. It can be caused by a variety of things, including machines, vehicles, and even people. When loud sounds are present in the workplace, it can cause a number of health problems for employees, including hearing loss, tinnitus, and stress.

It is important for employers to understand the risks associated with noise exposure and take steps to reduce these risks. Employees who are exposed to high levels of sound should be provided with proper safety gear, such as earplugs or earmuffs. In addition, employers should create a safe work environment where employees are not constantly exposed to loud noises by hiring professionals to carry out regular noise monitoring services. By taking these simple steps, employers can help protect their employees from the harmful effects of being exposed to high levels of sound.

In addition to the risks mentioned above, employees who are exposed to high levels of noise can also experience stress and anxiety. This is because loud sounds can be extremely distracting and make it difficult for employees to concentrate on their work. In some cases, this can lead to mistakes being made or even accidents happening in the workplace.

Employers should take steps to reduce the amount of noise that their employees are exposed to in order to protect them from the risks associated with such exposure. It is important for employers to create a safe work environment where employees are not constantly exposed to loud noises which can cause health problems.

One way to reduce such hazards in the workplace is by using soundproofing materials. There are a number of different types of soundproofing materials that can be used for this purpose, including acoustic foam and rubberized floor mats. These materials can help to absorb some of the sound that is produced in an office environment and prevent it from travelling throughout the room or building where employees are working. This will ensure that any loud noises which may occur during normal business hours do not pose a threat to employee safety or affect their ability to focus on their work tasks effectively.

The risks for employees exposed to high levels of noise

The risks for employees who are exposed to loud noises include:

Hearing loss: This is the most common risk for employees who are exposed to high levels of sound in the workplace. Prolonged exposure to loud environments can cause permanent hearing damage, which can lead to a decrease in overall quality of life.
Tinnitus: This is a condition that causes ringing or buzzing in the ears. It can be extremely disruptive and may require treatment from a medical professional.
Stress and fatigue: Such extreme exposure can also cause stress and fatigue, both of which can have a negative impact on employee productivity and safety.

Some of these conditions can be prevented by taking steps to reduce the risks of exposure in your workplace. For example, you can use ear protection such as earplugs or muffs when working around loud equipment or machinery; this will help minimize how much sound enters into your ears. You could also invest in noise-cancelling headphones if you have an office job and need some peace from outside distractions like busy street sounds etc.

Best practices for reducing risk:

Use hearing protection equipment (ear plugs/mufflers) when operating noisy machinery so it doesn’t enter into one’s personal space too easily. This prevents employees from being exposed over long periods without any breaks, which could lead to permanent damage.
Reduce overall levels of sound in the workplace by properly maintaining equipment and using sound-absorbing materials in the building’s design.
Encourage employees to take regular breaks away from such exposure, even if they are wearing hearing protection. This gives your ears a chance to rest and reduces the risk of developing long-term hearing problems.

How to protect yourself from noise-related health risks

If you are an employee who is working in a loud environment, you should know what you can do to protect yourself from developing noise-related health problems.

Here are a few tips:

Wear hearing protection whenever you are exposed to loud environments. This will help protect your ears from damage.
Try to limit the amount of time you spend in a noisy area, and take regular breaks away from it.
Keep your head tilted down when listening to music or other audio devices, as this will help keep the sound pressure off your eardrums.
If possible, avoid working in loud environments altogether. If this is not possible, try to find ways to reduce the sound level in your work area. For example, use earplugs or headphones with active noise cancellation technology.

What to do if you experience hearing loss or tinnitus as a result of working in a noisy environment

Regular audiometric testing is important for these employees who are constantly being exposed to high levels of sound. Such tests can be carried out by an audiologist, and they will be able to tell you if there has been any damage to your hearing.

If you experience any form of hearing loss or tinnitus as a result of working in a noisy environment, it is important to see your doctor as soon as possible. They will be able to provide you with the necessary treatment and advice. Some employees may also be entitled to claim compensation for their hearing loss or tinnitus.

The risks for employees exposed to high levels of noise are real and can cause permanent damage if not managed correctly. By following these best practices, employers can reduce the amount of noise exposure their staff is subjected to on a daily basis. And remember, always wear hearing protection when working with loud machinery.

Present Perfect

“Every negative event contains within it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” ~ Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

Perhaps you’re familiar with present perfect as a grammatical term, but I would like to offer a different perspective of these words – as in “the present is perfect.”

Now, before you scream at me that your present is anything BUT perfect, please indulge me for a moment and consider an event from your past that you judged to be ‘bad or ‘wrong’ at the time. Now, think carefully about what transpired as a result of that experience.

What events unfolded because of it? What was the outcome? Is it possible that something ‘good’ came about? I would venture to say that it did… every time.

At first, it may be difficult at accept that there was any ‘good,’ but I guarantee that if you look hard enough and long enough, you will ALWAYS find it. Something ALWAYS happens as a result of an experience that makes it perfect.

The first personal example that comes to my mind happened a few years ago. One morning, I woke up with some discomfort in my lower back. Within a couple of hours, the discomfort had escalated to the point where I couldn’t move without excruciating pain. The only way I could get around was by dragging myself across the floor. Raising my body to sit on the toilet was almost unbearable, and sitting on a chair or couch was impossible.

Walking was also out of the question, so I ate very little that day. It was far too painful to stand up and prepare food, and I could only manage a few minutes at a time. I swallowed some pain-killers, gathered some cushions around me, and tried to make myself as comfortable as possible on the floor. With the TV remote on one side of me and the telephone on the other, I managed to get through the day.

Sleep that night was fitful to say the least, but I managed to get in a couple of hours. The next day wasn’t any better. The pain was still unbearable, so one of my daughters came over to help. She took one look at me and carted me off to the Emergency Department of the local hospital where we waited for almost ten hours to see a doctor and for them to examine me. They took x-rays, they poked, and they prodded. Their diagnosis was ‘probably’ sciatica so they gave me drugs for the pain and referred me to my family doctor who later referred me to a specialist for tests.

At first blush, there doesn’t appear to be anything positive about this experience, but let me elaborate a little about my circumstances at that time. I had returned from Thailand a few months earlier and had made the decision not to work at a traditional office job because my boredom with office work was what sent me to Thailand in the first place! But, we all have to eat and pay for a roof over our head, so I had been working for a couple of temp agencies to tide me over until I came across the “perfect” job. I hadn’t the faintest idea what that would be, but I had faith in the Universe that it would materialize.

The only problem with temp work is that there are no benefits: No sick leave, no medical insurance, no drug plan. Plus, no work = no income. How was I going to pay my rent? My savings were nonexistent since my Thailand trip and my family were in no position to help out so my financial outlook was pretty dismal. My only recourse was… dare I say it?… WELFARE.

Just the word sent shivers down my spine! I had never received ‘charity’ in my life and even disliked unemployment insurance the couple of times I had been laid off past jobs. How was I ever going to accept welfare?

To cut a long story short, Social Services treated me with dignity and respect and I have nothing but praise for their help. Sure, walking into the building was tough on my pride. (Who would see me?) What would my bank say when they recognized the source of the funds paid into my account and realized I was on welfare? (As if they had someone checking!) How would I answer friends’ inquiries about what I was doing these days? It was a very humbling experience to say the least.

So what was perfect about it, you may ask. Nothing… at the time. Enduring pain, humiliation and guilt are not my idea of positive experiences. However, there was an up side to it all. As I was unable to sit for extended periods of time and therefore unable to work in traditional jobs, Social Services directed me to a self-employment program that taught participants how to set-up their own business as well as the skills necessary to maintain it.

In the months prior to my sciatica episode, I had written my first book “Joy Makers” and had the brilliant idea of creating a business around it. I wrote up a proposal for my idea and was accepted into the self-employment program. As a result, I received impressive instruction from a wonderful business advisor/trainer who also became a personal friend. In addition to this friendship, I also benefited in other ways. Here are some of them:

* My new business advisor/friend generously invited me to participate in a private course she was teaching about creating your own life. This led to some amazing personal revelations and was a turning point in my life.
* The same person also introduced me to another wonderful friend who I would probably never have met otherwise.
* My book was eventually published.
* The experience I gained from publishing my own book, led to a meeting with another self-published author who also became a very good friend.
* This friend became my business partner in two different ventures.
* I now co-own a self-publishing service where we assist writers to become published authors, and another wellness business which provides healthier, safer products for families and the environment at very reasonable prices.
* I still maintain contact with many of the people I met on the business course and have been able to share and network with many others.
* I learned a great deal about online marketing.
* I taught myself website design to market my book and my businesses.

These are just some of the results of that event. In addition to the above, one of my daughters who had been living in Pennsylvania, was prompted by my sciatica challenge to come back, and we continue to share a home. Since I had been missing her very much, I was overjoyed at her return as we get along very well. This relationship has proved to be a godsend to us both and we continue to grow from it.

I hope this account of a ‘bad’ incident has provided you with an example of the perfection of our experiences. Certainly I didn’t look upon it as a ‘good’ thing at the time but, in retrospect, a great many good things came about because of it… both the sciatica and my ensuing welfare episode.

There have been many other incidents where I can look back on a ‘bad’ experience and recognize the blessing that transpired as a result. In retrospect, I can’t think of one single event in my life that was not positive. So now, when something “unwanted” takes place, I look at it with acceptance – the attitude that this too shall pass and I will eventually find the ‘pearl within.’

For me, this is a much better way of looking at my life situation. For me, the present is ALWAYS perfect!

How To Use PowerPoint During Sales Presentations

Using PowerPoint during group sales presentations is a no-brainer as far as I’m concerned. But how you use it, is something else.

The person giving the presentation is center stage not the PowerPoint slides, which is often the case. Your PowerPoint slides should reinforce your presentation – it should not be your presentation.

You know, I do a lot of keynote speeches and sales training programs for corporate America. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been bored to tears by somebody’s presentation. It makes me want to itch!

Look, I didn’t wake up in a bad mood today. I was just reading an article in Entrepreneur Magazine about a venture capitalist guy named Guy Kawasaki whose reaction to PowerPoint presentations is just like my own.

So it got me thinking. I thought I’d put together some do’s and don’ts to help you, just in case you’re committing any of these faux pas’s.

Don’t darken the room – it really can put some people to sleep.

Don’t fall in love with your technology. You don’t need glitzy transitions between every slide.

Don’t fill up every slide. Less can actually be more.

Don’t have sentences that build one after another, and another, and another. It literally drives people crazy when presenters do this.

Don’t walk in front of the projector and cast a humongous shadow on the screen.

Don’t use a small font size. If people can’t see it from the back of the room it doesn’t belong on a slide. Use a handout!

Don’t use a dark background color on your slides.

Don’t use too many slides and make too many points.

Don’t keep your slides on the screen during your entire presentation. It becomes a distraction. There’s a better way – keep reading.

On the other hand here’s a short list of things you should do.

Do turn on all room lights.

Do use a white background color for your PowerPoint sales presentation slides.

Do hit the period key on your keyboard to darken the screen in between slides.

Do hit the period key on your keyboard when you want to show your next slide.

Do move around a little so your audience doesn’t get the impression you’re tethered to the podium or anything else in front of the room.

Do follow Guy Kawasaki’s recommendation of 10/20/30. Keep reading.

Do use no more than 10 slides. Focus on what you want people to remember. You can make it stick if you use fewer and better slides.

Do set aside 20 minutes for showing your 10 slides. People have shorter attention spans today.

Do use a font size no smaller than 30 points. Bigger fonts lead the way to making better points.

Do be brief and to the point when you’re making your key selling points.

Do have a sales conversation with your audience by asking them for their reaction to your key points.

Make your next PowerPoint sales presentation a more powerful one by using fewer PowerPoints!

And don’t overwhelm your audience with nauseating details.

Always leave them wanting more.