Managing noise and preventing hearing loss at work is a duty all employers must provide to their workers.
In industrial organisations where workers are exposed to noise from large machinery, the advice from an soundproofing expert should be sought. A person conducting a business or undertaking has specific obligations under the WHS.
Regulations to manage the risks of hearing loss associated with noise in the workplace, including:
- Ensuring that the noise a worker is exposed to at the workplace does not exceed the exposure standard for noise.
- Providing audiometric testing to a worker who is frequently required to use personal hearing protectors to protect the worker from hearing loss associated with noise that exceeds the exposure standard.
This concern against noise poses a significant impact on the business and commercial sector. If everyday traffic can already be considered a cause for alarm, imagine how much riskier it can be in an industrial setting, where the amount and intensity of noise can literally be too much for a human to bear if it is not managed and controlled effectively with the right industrial soundproofing strategy.
Hazardous noise can destroy the ability to hear clearly and can also make it more difficult to hear sounds necessary for working safely, such as instructions or warning signals.
Managing the risks related to noise will assist in:
- Protecting workers from hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ears or head).
- Improving the conditions for communication and hearing warning sounds.
- Creating a less stressful and more productive work environment.
Due to the amount of machinery and the nature of materials and processes that bring the noise levels up in heavy industry related workplaces, there is a need for organisations to decide smartly when looking for the right noise control engineering solutions. The size of the space and equipment in most factories, processing zones and worksites can mean that the investment can be substantial at first - but the benefits can far outweigh the cost.
Business owners dealing with hazardous noise concerns should consult with industrial soundproofing experts that specialise in custom-built acoustic enclosures, acoustic louvres, barriers, attenuators, soundproof walls and doors, noise control material, baffles and other installations. Consulting a noise control engineer will help determine the solution suitable to the specific requirements of your organisation.
As with any solid health and safety management process, it is best to start by laying the groundwork first with a noise control plan. Identify the conditions of the worksite and the risks associated with the operations. Get help from industrial noise control specialists when choosing a cost-effective solution that will help your organisation comply with noise level safety standards. Maintain the system, and employ timely updates, through effective implementation of the right safety measures that are realistic, manageable and sustainable for the organisation.
Noise Control Engineering are Melbourne's largest supplier of custom-built acoustic enclosures and acoustic louvres.
We can help you with industrial sound proofing to ensure your workers are protected from the dangers of hazardous workplace noise.