Happy New Year! Many people will use this time in early January to reassess their needs and to ensure that they are fully compliant with various occupational hygiene needs.
One thing that many businesses do not always consider is noise monitoring. Even in non-industrial businesses, noise can be a factor and should not be disregarded.
Excessive noise at work can result in temporary or permanent hearing loss. Even if a worker’s hearing recovers within a few hours, continued exposure to high noise levels could lead to permanent damage. In addition to hearing loss, workers may develop tinnitus, a distressing ringing or buzzing in the ears that can lead to disturbed sleep.
When noise interferes with communication, it can be a safety hazard, making it difficult for warnings to be heard. Because of the way human ears work, just a 3 dB change in noise levels might be noticed, but every 3 dB doubles the noise, so small changes can actually be much more significant.
According to health and safety law, specifically compliance with The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005, employers should consider the following when considering noise:
- ensure that risk from exposure to noise is either eliminated at source or reduced to as low a level as possible
- make personal hearing protection available to employees who are exposed to noise at HSE defined exposure limits and maintain its efficient working order
- place employees who are at risk under suitable health surveillance including hearing testing
At Safety First, we carry out noise monitoring and risk assessment services, where we measure the sound levels in your workplace, identify causes of noise and who is likely to be affected, and recommend actions to take to comply with current regulations.
To learn more about Noise Assessments, please visit https://www.safetyfirstgroup.co.uk/services/workplace-noise-assessment/. Alternatively, please call 0845 004 2133 or email email@example.com