In January 1990, the Noise at Work Regulations 1989 came into force. These were then followed by the more stringent Control of Noise Regulations 2005 (which came into force in the UK in April 2006).
If these regulations had been rigorously followed by employers, the instances of exposure to excessive levels of noise at work without adequate hearing protection should have dramatically reduced. Unfortunately, this in’t the case, and some employers have put their workers’ health at risk.
You will have three years to make a claim for compensation from the date you were first aware of your hearing loss symptoms, or if you believe the issues came about at your previous working environment.
This does mean, however, you can start a claim many years after you stopped working at the company in question, as long as you did not notice the extent of your hearing problems until much later.
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Hearing Loss – Nightclub and Bar Workers
Working in bars and nightclubs can put you at risk of losing your hearing or developing a noise-induced hearing condition such as tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in your ears). Even if you only work part-time in a bar, pub or club the noise levels are often far above the recommended noise level limit. This means…
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