The Dublin Institute of Technology recently undertook a study that found that nightclub and bar employees will probably be being exposed to levels of noise that far exceed the legal limit. The study found that a lot of this is down to the fact that many nightclub owners have either little understanding of relevant health and safety noise legislation, or are lying and don’t care. They weren’t even providing hearing tests for their employees.
Working for long periods of time with loud noises leads to a whole host of problems such as hearing loss and tinnitus. It’s standard that any employees working with noise levels of 85dBA should be given hearing protection. Some night clubs provide staff with earplugs, but these only reduce noise levels by 20dBA which can sometimes not be enough. This is better than many nightclubs though, as many where found to provide nothing.
Many staff members also mentioned how the earplugs can often prevent them from hearing drinks orders, and they therefore find it difficult to use them. Essentially, nightclub staff members are facing a very difficult sound challenge every time they go to work.
Many campaigns have been started, often including many celebrities who have ended up with hearing problems due to exposure to noise levels. Chris Martin, the front man of Cold Play has been a sufferer of Tinnitus for over 10 years. Plan B is also a sufferer and both of them have supported recent campaigns to change nightclub owners’ responsibilities regarding noise.
Manchester based personal injury solicitors Pannone have started representing people who have been victims of noise exposure, staff member or not. It’s actually not just a problem for staff members, but also a problem for those that regularly visit nightclubs. You really have to start taking care of your hearing. You only get one set of ears, and things will only get worse as you get older.