Noise Concerns in the Workplace

At PUWER Health & Safety we have the ability and expertise to address issues surrounding noise in the workplace. If this is something your company is required to address, speak to us today and we will begin the uncomplicated process.

Noise is defined as unwanted or unpleasant sounds. It can get in the way of the sounds we would rather hear. Everyday we are exposed to noise at home, commuting to and from work, at work and when socialising. If noise levels are increased enough they can lead to problems such as loss of hearing or tinnitus.

Research shows that in 2011 over 10.1 million people suffered from some form of hearing loss. Scarily, this number is expected to increase to 14.5 million by 2031. These statistics alone are enough of a reason for companies to assess any noise concerns.

The types of impairment related to hearing loss can be split down into four types; Mild (Tinnitus), Moderate, Severe and Profound, Profound is the most serious. Of the 10.1 million people suffering with hearing impairment, 3.7 million are of working age (16-65), with over 135,000 suffering from severe or profound deafness.

Amendments to the Workplace Noise Regulations 2005 require organisations to:

  • Carry out noise risk assessments
  • Reduce the amount of exposure to employees through engineering controls, preventative maintenance programmes and sound barriers
  • Provide employees with suitable information, instruction and training
  • Introduction of health surveillance programmes for those at risk of work-related hearing impairment.
  • Issue employees with personal hearing protection (the last line of defence)

There are many practical, cost-effective ways of protecting yourself and your employees. To determine what these are you will need to carry out a noise survey and noise risk assessments. We offer both workplace noise assessments using our tripod mounted meter and personal noise assessments using our dose-badges worn by the employees.

Hearing loss caused by work is preventable but once your hearing has gone it won’t come back.