You need to protect your employees from the effects of noise pollution.
How do you do this?
Assess noise pollution in your workplace.
Want to assess noise pollution in your workplace? Use these five steps to do just that
Step #1: Assess noise sources
'A workplace assessment or inspection will tell you which areas in your workplace have high noise levels. To do the assessment, you must measure sound levels according to the Noise-induced Hearing Loss Regulation 7 (2) (c),' says the Health & Safety Advisor.
You need to do this assessment every 24 months. If you find that the sound level is 85dB or higher, you must control noise exposure, adds the Advisor.
Step #2: Identify existing noise controls
In this step, you must see what can be done to control the noise that you picked up in your assessment.
Step #3: Assess the time of exposure
This is where you document how often and for how long your workers are exposed to the noise.
Step #4: Implement controls
If you identify unacceptable noise zones, follow these six guidelines (Noise-induced Hearing Loss Regulation):
Make sure you know exactly who's affected by the noise. Buy the necessary protective equipment and give it to all your affected employees. They must know how to use it, why to use it and what'll happen if they don't use it.
Step #5: Measure sound levels every two years
Conduct sound level measurement at least once a year. You must do these measurements according to the Noise-induced Hearing Loss Regulation.
It's that simple. With these steps you'll be sure to assess noise pollution in your workplace and protect your employees from loud levels.