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Include noise in your risk assessment. Before your employees suffer permanent hearing loss!

by , 18 June 2015
As part of managing the health and safety of your business you must control the risks in your workplace. And one of these risks is noise.

You need to put control measures in place to reduce the amount of damage noise causes.

Read on to find out if you have a noise problem and how you can control it by doing a risk assessment before your employees suffer permanent hearing loss. And you land up paying compensation fees!

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Instances you'll probably need to do something about the noise in your workplace

1. If the noise is interfering
For example, as noisy as a busy road, a vacuum cleaner or a crowded restaurant – or worse than just distracting.

2. Your employees have to raise their voices to have a normal conversation
If your employees have to shout to hear each other when they're only 2m apart

3. Your employees use noisy tools or machinery
If your employees operate these noisy tools or machines for more than half the day.

4. Your industry involves noisy activities
For example, construction, demolition or road repair. Other industries include woodworking, plastics processing, engineering, general fabrication; forging or stamping; paper or board making; canning or bottling; foundries; waste and recycling;

5. There are noises due to tools or machinery impacting
This includes hammering, drop forging, pneumatic impact tools, and explosive sources like detonators or guns.

If any of these statements apply to your workplace, you must do a risk assessment. And here's what to include…

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•    Which risk assessments have to be checked by an approved inspector every two years?
•    Is it absolutely necessary for your company to appoint and train someone as a risk assessor?
•    When was the last time you did a risk assessment? (Is that too long?)
•    Have you checked and double checked the less obvious health hazards?

If you can't answer even one of these questions you're not only putting your employee's lives at risk; you're also putting yourself in danger of massive fine from the DoL.

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What to include in your risk assessment on noise levels in your workplace

A risk assessment means more than just taking measurements of noise.

Your risk assessment should:
•    Identify where there might be a risk from noise and who's likely to be affected;
•    Include risks to health and to safety;
•    Contain an estimate of your employees' exposure to noise;
•    Identify what you need to do to comply with the OHS Act (OHS Regulation 307). For example, whether you need noise-control measures and/or personal hearing protection; and
•    Identify if you need to provide any employees with medical surveillance. Are any employees at particular risk?

Record the findings of your risk assessment. You must also record the action you plan to take, to comply with the law.

You must review your risk assessment if conditions change or it's not valid anymore. For example, if the work changes and this affects your workers' noise exposure. Or there are changes to the availability, applicability or cost of noise-control measures.

You shouldn't leave it for more than about two years without checking whether you need to review your risk assessment!

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