Hearing Conservation in the Coffee Industry

By David Fasman As coffee professionals, we are aware of the increased potential for repetitive motion injuries in our industry. We know not to use too much pressure when tamping. We know to switch hands when inserting and removing portafilters. We know to find techniques that cause us no pain while working. However, hearing health was something I never really considered in my early years of working in coffee, even though I was a musician with two professional musicians as parents. After marrying a Doctor of Audiology, my perspective on hearing health and protection changed. I started to think about how loud our grinders, roasters, and production equipment are. Many of the roasting companies I have visited and worked for provide hearing protection to the production staff, so this isn’t an unknown danger—at least in production facilities. But let’s review a bit of what is required by the Occupational Safety … Continue reading

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