Excessive noise in the workplace presents a risk of hearing damage and other health problems. Some people exposed to excessive noise develop tinnitus, which is described as a constant ringing sound. For most cases of noise-induced hearing loss there is no cure. Hearing aids only amplify sounds and cannot replace normal hearing.
Associated effects of Constant Noise:
- Elevated blood pressure
- Digestive disorders
The loudness of noise is measured in decibels. Sensitivity to noise differs from one individual to the next but it is believed that damage to hearing occurs when noise levels are higher than 85 decibels, which is about the loudness of heavy traffic.
The risk of hearing loss increases as the noise becomes louder. Length of exposure is important and it is not recommended to listen to noises of 109 decibels for any longer than 2 minutes.
Reducing Noise Exposure in the Workplace:
- Change or modify equipment
- Locate the equipment in a more isolated area
- Make sure that people spend time working in quiet areas too
- Try to run noisy equipment early or late in the day when fewer people will be exposed
- ALWAYS use personal hearing protection such as ear plugs or ear muffs
If you have any concerns in relation to your safety on at a workplace or your assigned role changes in any way what so ever you must contact your Labour Solutions Australia Recruitment Consultant immediately on 07 33673700