An acoustic engineer for over 30 years, I've spent many years working in occupational and environmental noise in Western Australia, providing training, consulting, and technical support to occupational hygienists, environmental health officers, consultants, industry and government.
After 8 years at the University of Salford Department of Applied Acoustics researching noise in the military environment, a move to Perth in 1997 broadened my experience and interest in workplace noise, and for over 20 years I've presented the DMIRS-approved Noise Officer Course and a range of other short courses in both occupational and environmental noise.
Occupational noise-induced hearing loss (ONIHL) has been the most prevalent workplace illness in Australia for decades. We know how noise damages hearing, we know the human and financial costs, and we know what to do about it in many cases - yet the incidence of ONIHL continues unchecked. Why is this? There are many reasons why noise is commonly overlooked as a hazard and a major cultural shift is required to significantly reduce exposures. This presentation identifies some of the barriers to improvement and suggests some paths forward.
Wednesday 2nd Dec Day 3