Regulation (3) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) says you may not expose anyone who enters your workplace to a noise at or above the 85dBA noise-rating limit.
As we've mentioned this duty to manage noise also extends to your employees.
In fact, Regulation (5) of the OHSA says if your employee is exposed, or exposes himself, to a noise at or above the noise-rating limit, he must obey any instructions you or someone you appoint gives him to minimise damage to his hearing.
Here are your employee's responsibilities for managing noise
The Health & Safety Advisor says to comply with Regulation (5), your employee must:
Remember the buck stops with you when it comes to health and safety in the workplace
'If the courts find you guilty of neglecting to assist an employee injured from noise exposure, they could sentence you to prison for up to six months,' warns the Advisor.
So make sure you have the correct regulations in place and that your employees are compliant. This way you'll minimise incidents and protect yourself from liabilities.
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