The ways in which workers communicate in different industries have drastically changed in the past year. Specifically, the food processing industry has made major changes in its communication abilities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. As more industries were shutting down due to stay-at-home orders, the food processing companies were still in full swing, being an essential and critical industry.

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The American iron and steel industry is an integral part of the U.S. economy, attributing more than $520 billion USD. According to the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, “Steel is the material of choice for many elements of manufacturing, construction, transportation, and various consumer products” (Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy). The reason steel is often the number one choice of metal for manufacturers is because of its intrinsic durability and recyclability, making it a critical industry for production.

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For quite a year now, we have been living with the tension of this pandemic. It would be amazing if we knew when things would get back to normal, but no one has answer to that. Between COVID-19 business interruptions, financial downturn and rising prices, businesses are feeling the tension.

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Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) and noise-induced tinnitus are two of the most common disabilities among the manufacturing industry workers in the United States.

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A noisy environment is one of the main stress triggers for employees and leads to reduced productivity. Common practices like shouting at others, or asking them to talk loudly are barely effective.

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Many of the world’s leading manufacturing companies contacted Sensear to reevaluate their communication solutions in the light of today’s new normal: Social Distancing. The companies want to invest in the best communication solution available to help protect their employees’ hearing as well as enable clear communication, all while maintaining six feet social distance.

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Even though most of the retail industry is facing uncertainty with the current COVID 19 situation, several direct to consumer brands selling non-essential items online have somewhat remarkably seen an increase in their online sales in the recent few weeks.

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COVID-19 has produced a prolonged attack on public life, especially indoor life. Many of the largest super-spreader events took place inside: at a church, in an auditorium, at a conference. The risk of infection in indoors is almost 19 times higher than in open-air environments, according to study from researchers in Japan.

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Rebecca Bernhard, a partner at international law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP, in an April 1 webinar said, “The food industry is almost always put as a critical or essential industry, and usually exempt from even the most restrictive stay-at-home orders”.

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According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) an average of 22 million workers in the United States are exposed to dangerous levels of noise in the workplace. Considering that approximately $242 million is spent each year on workers’ compensation for disability due to hearing loss, it is imperative that companies take a proactive approach to preventing hearing problems. Ongoing exposure to noise levels that exceed 85 dB is able to cause substantial hearing damage. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) recommends that workers are not exposed to noise levels that exceed 85 dB for extended periods of time.

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