Hearing loss caused by noise hazards at work is preventable but once your hearing has gone it won’t come back. Individuals may also suffer a permanent sensation of ringing in the ears, known as tinnitus.
Full compliance with the new Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 should eventually eliminate occupational noise-induced hearing loss.
Factors that contribute to hearing damage are noise levels and how long people are exposed to the noise, daily or over a number of years.
The most efficient and effective way of controlling noise is by technical and organisational means that protect workers at source, eg changes in process, reducing vibration (damping) and reducing time spent in noisy areas.
Is Health Surveillance required?
Health surveillance is required for noise hazards where your noise survey has highlighted that:
- Exposure is over 80dB(a) and the individual is known to be at risk eg they already suffer from hearing loss or are particularly sensitive to damage;
- Exposure is over 85dB(a)
Is it a legal requirement?
This is a requirement of the Control of Noise at Work Regulations.
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