NIHL (Noise-Induced Hearing Loss) is a major issue for many New Zealanders both because of the personal effects of the disease and the effects it has on other family members and the immediate people affected, but also as a nation and the problem at the present time is increasing rapidly. Today about 15 people a day are claiming compensation as a result and the total national cost exceeds $70 million per annum.
The farming or agricultural sector of New Zealand feature significantly in this human and financial burden.
You believe that local or organisational action is needed to address the problem from the analysis of available injury data and other sources.
Describe the sources of information you would seek information from, both locally, nationally as well as internationally. How would you seek to draw attention to the issue to reduce the future burden to New Zealand and to farmers in the future? Take into account any limitations that you are aware of. Consider the injury or disease data that is available from organisations such as ACC, NOHSAC (National Occupational Health and Safety Commission) reports, demonstrate how you have interpreted the information, how you would communicate the need for intervention to the stakeholders involved, how you would develop an intervention strategy likely to be multi-factorial (e.g., policy, engineering, etc) and show how you link your strategy to the available data and information. Consider cost versus benefit arguments. Consider also noise management arguments versus hearing conservation and any modern developments from national or international literature.
A professional report is expected suitable for the Board or Senior management of a national farming organisation. About 3000 words will be needed