NOISE LEVELS AT WORK
There are many hazards that need to be taken into consideration in all workplaces, so what about noise levels? Hearing protection is required to be worn by workers in construction and similar such industries, but did you know that noise levels in restaurants and bars can range from 50 to 90 decibels? Under Queensland WHS regulations, employees must not be exposed to any noise exceeding 85 decibels over the course of a standard 8 hour working day. Should employers and business owners regularly check noise levels in the workplace?
Excessive noise in the workplace without proper protection often leads to premature hearing loss which, Worksafe Queensland warns, “can be a contributing factor to workplace injuries and accidents.” A simple way to determine if your workplace is exceeding noise levels is to answer these four questions:
- Do you/your employees need to shout to be heard by others at close distances?
- Are you/your employees finding it difficult to concentrate at work because of loud noise?
- Do you/your employees notice dull hearing when in a quiet space?
- Do you/your employees have ringing in one ear or both?
If you have answered yes to these questions, then we would strongly recommend organising a noise assessment for your workplace to prevent further hearing damage. Tony Lane Consulting have years of experience in workplace risk assessments and are available 7 days a week to work with you to implement realistic solutions and strategies tailored to your industry and your business requirements. Contact our friendly team today for an obligation free quote.