COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Campaign kicks off to turn down noise level in workplace

A new EC directive on limiting noise in the workplace is the focus of a campaign being launched this summer by the RNID in tandem with the Trades Union Congress.

The directive, due to be implemented in 2006, makes it an offence for employers to expose staff for long periods to noise levels of 85 decibels or more.

Nick Spears, media relations officer at RNID, said the campaign strategy had yet to be finalised but would involve sending ear plugs and best practice guidelines to employers.

"We have worked with the TUC before and this is an issue which affects their members," he said. "We shall be encouraging employers to have the correct procedures in place before the directive is introduced."

How the leisure industry, particularly people working in nightclubs, will be accommodated in the directive remains unresolved.

However, nightclub deafness will be tackled in a separate RNID campaign, called Don't Lose The Music.

"We will be raising awareness rather than wagging a big stick," said Spears. "You can't tell young people what to do, but we can make them realise that if you keep going to loud clubs, you could have real problems."

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