Noise At Work
Noise At Work Regulations came into force in April 2006 as part of the Control of Noise At Work Regulations 2005 act. The aim of this regulation is to protect workers from excessive work which could cause them to lose their hearing and/or suffer from tinnitus. The 2005 noise at work regulations UK replaced the 1989 regulations and introduced new requirements, action and surveillance checks for their workers.
Workers who may have exposure to noise at work can have significant impacts on their hearing, and in some severe cases may even lose their hearing completely if they are surrounded by dangerous noise levels at work.
What Is Defined As Too Much Noise At Work?
Too much noise at work can vary depending on the industry and type of work carried out by workers. According to the Noise At Work Regulations UK, the exposure limit values for all industries as a blanket rule are as follows:
(1) The lower exposure action values are –
(a)a daily or weekly personal noise exposure of 80 dB (A-weighted); and
(b)a peak sound pressure of 135 dB (C-weighted).
(2) The upper exposure action values are –
(a)a daily or weekly personal noise exposure of 85 dB (A-weighted); and
(b)a peak sound pressure of 137 dB (C-weighted).
(3) The exposure limit values are –
(a)a daily or weekly personal noise exposure of 87 dB (A-weighted); and
(b)a peak sound pressure of 140 dB (C-weighted).
Noise Protection At Work
Hearing and noise protection at work should be issued to employees in the event where extra protection is required above any protection achieved using noise control or as a short-term solution while other noise control methods are being developed and implemented. However, employers should not use this protection as an alternative to ensuring acceptable noise levels at work.
Some of the requirements to achieving acceptable noise levels at work include:
- Providing hearing protectors if they are requested by employees and if the exposure to noise at work is between the lower and upper exposure action values.
- Providing employees with hearing protectors and ensuring proper use when exposure to noise at work exceeds the upper exposure action values.
- Identifying hearing protection zones
- Proper training and education
Avoiding Noise Pollution At Work
If you’re an employee and looking to avoid noise pollution at work, then you are able to request hearing protectors from your employee. In some industries, you may be able to consult with a safety presentative or other employee representative who can discuss health and safety matters such as noise pollution at work with your employer.
If the noise you are facing is intrusive for most of the working day, you have to raise your voice to have a normal conversation, you use noisy powered tools or machinery for over half an hour a day, or your role is generally in a noisy environment, then there are certain expectations you can have of your employer to help protect your hearing.
Attending hearing checks can also help to ensure that your hearing has not been depleted over time as a result of dangerous noise levels at work and can also help to detect any signs of damage particularly before it becomes disabling. Book a consultation with the expert team at our leading hearing and ear clinic in London to find out more.
Hearing Checks For Dangerous Noise Levels At Work
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One of our trained audiologists will take your unique ear impressions which is completely painless and can be done in a matter of minutes.
Biopact™ incorporates a special filter biased towards harmful frequencies but which cut out no more sound than is necessary to protect your ears. Fitted into soft, durable, silicone earpieces which can be worn under protective head gear.
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Supplied in a clear silicone with a red dot for the right ear and blue dot for the left ear, but
can also be manufactured in different colours and with cords attached.
Protect your hearing or lose it! – Read the official HSE noise protection guide.