Deaf people seem to be perceived as having limited employment possibilities in industry. As the motor manufacturing
working environment is perceived as having safety and productivity risks for the employment of deaf
people, this study’s objective was to investigate managers’ perceptions in such an environment of employing
A qualitative study was conducted. Data was obtained through individual semi-structured interviews with
15 managers of the manufacturing department of a motor manufacturing company.
The results indicated that deaf individuals could be accommodated in manufacturing. However, communication
and safety issues posed the greatest challenges when employing deaf individuals. Employment depends
on the implementation of certain changes to the manufacturing environment, creating a safer environment for
deaf employees. Automotive manufacturing environments consist of various sections and positions in which
deaf people could work safely and productively. The study also contributed to changing misconceptions about
employing deaf people in a manufacturing environment.