Campaigners have attacked the music and entertainment industry for not preparing measures to protect the hearing of bar and club workers.
The Royal National Institute for Deaf People said staff working where loud music was played should get ear plugs.
I don't know why the Royal National Institute for Deaf People should be complaining: if the world's bar staff go deaf, then the RNIfDP have got a load more clients to justify their existence, eh?
A poll of 200 businesses showed that over half of employers have no plans to make hearing protection available - despite new laws coming in next year.
But industry representatives said a "common-sense" solution was needed.
Yeah, the really common-sense solution would be to point out to your barstaff that working in your venue could damage their hearing and are they absolutely fucking certain that they want to work there? The idea that barstaff shoujld wear earplugs is so fucking stupid, I'm surprised that anyone could be fuckwitted enough to draft this kind of interfering, nanny-state, illiberal crap.
Under EU directives, firms have to ensure staff are protected where noise exceeds 85 decibels.
So thank fuck for the EU, eh? Where the hell would we be without it?
Emma Harrison, head of campaigns at the RNID, said: "Prolonged exposure to loud noise can cause permanent hearing loss and if properly implemented these regulations will save the hearing of literally hundreds of thousands of people in the music and entertainment industries.
"If they are ignored or implemented half-heartedly employers could face a wave of compensation claims for staff."
She said there were ear plugs available which blocked out background noise but will still enable staff behind the bar to take drinks orders.
Really? Can any of my diverse and knowledgeable readership tell me exactly how the fuck that works then?
"We are not trying to stop people enjoying themselves, just protect the hearing of staff."
No, you're not, you pricks. You're just being fuckwits. Why don't you fuck off?
Everytime something really fucking stupid comes up, there is always some cunt charity involved and an EU Directive, Regulation or Recommendation at the bottom of it.
But Mark Hastings, of the British Beer and Pub Association, said it was not logical to ask staff to wear ear plugs.
"It just would not work. We are looking at other solutions of protecting our staff.
"It is important we adopt a common-sense solution, that is why we have been given an exemption."
Well, thank fuck that someone has seen fit to grant an extention, eh?
With the smoking ban, the current and continuing attacks on alcohol consumption and now this crap, one might almost think that there was a concerted attack being made on the hostelry trade, wouldn't you?
Nah, that's insane; that's the kind loony conspiracy theory that only a nutcase would dream up...