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Deaf People in the Workplace.
1. Are there any safety issues in the workplace which relate specifically to people who are Deaf?
Deaf people are required to comply with the same Occupational Safety and Health Act Regulations as their hearing peers; there are no ‘Deaf-specific’ safety issues in the workplace.
Some employers may choose to modify the workplace with equipment such as convex mirrors in small areas, so that Deaf people can see around corners and be more aware of approaching vehicles or people. Sometimes flashing lights are installed which operate consecutively with alarm systems. In most instances, the costs incurred for such modifications are covered by government-funded programs.
DEAFinite can provide workplace assesments, recommendations for approprite modifications or technology where needed, and access to funding if required.
2. Are Deaf people covered by worker's compensation and personal insurance policies?
Deaf people are covered by the same Worker's Compensation and Personal Insurance policies as hearing people. There are no additional guidelines to follow or criteria to be met to become eligible for coverage.
3. Do Deaf people have more accidents in the workplace than their hearing peers?
There is no documented evidence to indicate that Deaf people have more accidents in the workplace than their hearing peers.
4. Can Deaf people obtain a license to drive a forklift?
Deaf people are able to obtain a licence to drive a forklift in exactly the same way as hearing people - they must complete the relevant training and pass the specified test. Many Deaf people possess forklift tickets and can be skilled and experienced forklift drivers in the workplace.
5. Do Deaf people have more motor vehicle accidents than hearing people?
There is no documented evidence to indicate that Deaf people have more motor vehicle accidents in cars, trucks, bicycles, motorcycles, forklifts, or heavy machinery than hearing people.