By Arwen Hann
Noise is only to be expected in early childhood centres but dealing with loud noise on a day to day basis could be putting the hearing of early childhood teachers at risk.
Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) regulations state that employers should take all practicable steps to ensure workers are not exposed to more than an average of 85decibels over an 8 hour day or peak exposures – a short burst of noise such as a door slamming – of more than 140dB.
But a study by two Massey University professors found significant numbers of teachers at early childhood centres were exposed to loud or excessively loud noise during their working day.
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