Eastern AfricaTanzania/April 15, 2019/Agency Reporter /No Comment/120 views /Tanzania Tanzania: Workers in Tanzania’s Noisy Factories Are At Risk of Hearing Damageshare on:FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancelanalysis Excessive exposure to noise can cause permanent hearing loss. It’s estimated that a third of disabling hearing problems in the world are caused by excessive exposure to noise among adults who are older than 65. Some noise workplaces include mining, manufacturing, agriculture and construction sites. The number of people with hearing loss in the world has increased over the past two decades, from 120 million people in 1995 to 466 million in 2018. Estimates of hearing loss caused by working in noisy environments are higher in low- and middle-income countries including sub-Saharan Africa than high-income countries. This may be due to ongoing economic investments in industrialisation as well as inadequate public health policies, lack of industrial regulation and limited resources spent on preventive measures. Despite efforts such as engineering and administrative controls, and mandating the use of hearing protection devices at workplaces by governments and health and research organisations, this problem isn’t going away. ALSO READ Tanzania: China Utilises BRI to Woo African TouristsPeople who work in really noisy places such as construction sites, military sites, mines and factories are particularly at an increased risk of hearing damage or loss. We conducted a study looking at workers in high noise environments in Tanzania. We wanted to determine if these workers knew the effect of working in noisy environments and if they had access to noise protection devices. We found that most of the workers didn’t have any protection against potential hearing loss and didn’t know that the negative effects of working in a noisy environment were irreversible. This sort of damage affects the inner part of the human ear and can’t be effectively treated with existing technology. Hearing loss like this is preventable. Measures to control or reduce workplace noise exposure are critical to protect the health and safety of these workers. What we found We surveyed workers in large steel manufacturing factories in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. We asked if they knew that exposure to high noise levels might cause hearing problems. Only 45% of participants did. And only 33% understood that this damage was permanent. ALSO READ Ethiopia's Digital Economy: Boom, Bang We were shocked to find that workers in iron and steel factories were exposed to an average noise level of 92 decibels. This level is higher than the national regulatory limit for noise exposure at work, which is 85 decibels. This is similar to standing next to an operating jackhammer without hearing protection or standing next to a landing aircraft without protection for your ears. Additionally, 86% of the factory workers we studied had never been provided with nor used hearing protection devices. This was unexpected in such large and well-organised factories. We believe the situation is probably the same in factories in other low and middle income countries. It’s also likely to be worse in small and unorganised workplaces in many other countries in the world, among them places like India. ALSO READ Tanzania: Teaching Schoolgirls to Make Own Sanitary PadsTackling the problem Our research shows that many factory workers are exposed to hazardous noise levels and aren’t provided with hearing protection gear. This situation calls for government and industry to promote and implement control measures in workplaces with high noise levels such as factories and construction sites. Industry must provide workers with hearing protection devices. Government needs to ensure that operational safety guidelines are followed. And workers must learn about the dangers of noise exposure and received training on measure they can take to protect themselves. This is important because deafness has biological, physical and psychological and economic effects on individuals, families and societies. With the right protection and care, hearing loss in the workplace can be avoided. Israel Paul Nyarubeli, PhD candidate, University of Bergen Leave A Comment Below Related Tags:Tanzania share on: FacebookTwitter Google +Pinterest Tumblr Linked InEmailSend to Email Address:Your NameYour Email AddressEmail check failed, please try againCancel previous articleEaster: FRSC advises motorists – The Nation Nigerianext articleSouth Africa: Fortuin, Siboto and Rickelton Demolish KnightsRelated Posts445 shares Eastern Africa/April 20, 2019 /No Comment Malawi: As Malawi Hopes to Elect Its ‘Magufuli’, Tanzania President Sets for Two-Day Official Tour452 shares Eastern Africa/April 19, 2019 /No Comment Tanzania: You Must Serve the Wananchi, Cadres ToldTanzania: Boy Aged 7 One of 3 Murdered in KageraTanzania: Bahi People Press for TransparencyTanzania: ‘No Contract With Any Nation Likely to Jeopardise Zanzibar Economy’Tanzania: TFF Clarifies On 20,000 U.S. Dollars From CAFTanzania: Act Within One Month, JPM Tells 2 MinistriesTanzania: Chadema Trial Begins, ‘Kings’ Label Crops UpTanzania: Nacopha Nods to HIV Impact Survey in National Aids ControlTanzania: Court Confirms Death Sentence for 4 People Leave a Response Cancel reply CommentName Email Sign me up for the newsletter! 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