Noise is classed as a Physical Agent. The unit of measurement is in units known as Decibels dB(A).
As a general guide, if it is difficult to hear a normal conversation at a distance of 2 metres from the person speaking, it is likely that the noise levels in the area are above the levels permitted under the Regulations (i.e. Over 80dB (A)) - Chapter 1, Part 5 of the General Application Regulations 2007.
Risks for Employees Exposed to Noise
Exposure to high levels of noise, can cause the following;
- Tinnitus (i.e. Buzzing or Ringing sound in your ears)
- Permanent Hearing Loss (Also known as Noise Induced Hearing Loss)
- Increased risk of accidents
Employees MUST be informed
- That the noise level is likely to exceed 85dB(A)
- The potential risk of damage to their hearing
- Measurements of the noise levels taken
- Given an explanation of the significance of the results
- What controls are in place to reduce the noise levels
Training for Your Employees
Contact us on (086) 0600 747 to discuss a Noise Safety Awareness Training Course.
Employers Responsibilities - Noise Induced Hearing Loss
Employers should reduce the level of noise & the length of time Employees are exposed.
A Time-Weighted average of the daily noise exposure levels for a normal week of a five eight hour working days.
This may be used by Employer to determine the noise exposure to employees if the daily noise exposure varies from one working day to the next.
Risk Assessment for Noise
Employers should pay particular attention should be given to the following;
- The level, type & duration of the exposure
- The work employees carry out or are likely to carry out
- The routine in which work is been carried out by employees
- Variations in the type of work
- Identification of the immediate risk
- Identify what is possible to control, and how the risk can be reduced
- The exposure limit values and the exposure action values
- The availability of alternative equipment which is provided to reduce the noise emission.
- That ear protection is available and must be worn
- Health Surveillance made available to Employees whose Risk Assessment revealed a risk to their health, in particular their hearing.
- Records to be kept for a minimum of 10 years