Health & Safety, An Introduction to


Noise

Is your workplace noisy?

High levels of noise at work can cause hearing loss. This can take many years to become serious. Young people can be damaged as easily as the old and premature deafness is even worse. Sufferers often first start to notice hearing loss when they cannot keep up with conversations in a group, or when the rest of their family complains they have the television on too loud. Deafness can make people feel isolated from their family, friends and colleagues.

Does this concern me?

Is anywhere so noisy that people have to shout to each other at normal speaking distance to make themselves heard? If so, there is likely to be a danger to hearing.

Does anyone go home with ringing in their ears? Also a sign of a noise problem.

Are tools or equipment used which make loud, explosive noises, eg a cartridge operated fixing tool?

Do people wear ear protection in some areas? Noise control may need checking to make sure it is working well enough.

What law applies?

Noise at Work Regulations 1989

How and where you can get more help

‘Reducing noise at work – Guidance on the Noise at Work Regulations 1989′ L108 ISBN 0 7176 1511 1 £9.75

‘Noise at work : Advice for employers’ INDG362 FREE (available in packs of 10 ISBN 0 7176 2539 7 £5.00)

‘Sound solutions : Techniques to reduce noise at work’ HSG138 ISBN 0 7176 0791 7 £10.95

‘Protect your hearing or lose it! Pocket card’ INDG363 FREE (available in packs of 25 ISBN 0 7176 2540 0 £5.00)

You can order any of these titles through HSE Books.

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