PUB and club licensees in Wrexham confused by the Government’s new Noise at Work legislation are being given support by RNID Cymru.
The charity which represents the 480,000 deaf and hard of hearing people in Wales has produced a free Noise at Work Explained pack.
The pack is designed to guide businesses through the extended legislation and provide advice on how to run venues within the new regulations.
It will include sample earplugs and posters for staff rooms and is also provided in a Welsh version.
Richard Williams, director of RNID Cymru, said: “We don’t want employers to panic.
“The point of this law is to prevent hearing loss, not to persecute clubs and bars. The pack will help employers make the regulations workable, by looking after workers’ hearing, keeping customers happy, and avoiding the hearing loss time bomb threatening the economy.”
Hearing loss costs the UK £13.5 billion in lost earnings each year.
The Health and Safety Executive estimates a million UK workers are exposed to noise levels that might damage their hearing.
RNID Noise At Work Explained packs are available by e-mailing email@example.com or visiting www.dontlosethemusic.com.