Health and safety isn't only for factories and mines. The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) covers all places where your employees work. This includes your office. It's crucial that you control noise levels.
Here's why the control of noise in an office is important
Generally, the levels of noise in office areas are below those levels known to pose a risk to hearing, says the Health&Safety Advisor.
In offices, 'annoyance' noise is more likely and may interfere with communication, annoy and affect your employee's performance of tasks like reading and writing.
This can be costly for your company. Noise that prevents an employee from understanding an instruction or warning signal may also be a risk to safety.
For these reasons, it's important to consider what you can do to control unwanted noise in your office.
If you want to identify disturbing noise sources in your office, it's best to ask employees working in the area a series of questions, for example:
You can do this using a general walk-through survey that includes interviewing employees.
Where you've identified noise issues as a problem in your office, you should undertake an assessment and develop noise control measures.
Well there you have it.
Knowing why the control of noise in an office is important will help ensure you identify and eliminate disturbing noise sources in your office.