Noise At Work

Westminster Compliance | 11/01/2019

Some 17000 people suffer deafness, ringing in the ears or other ear conditions caused by exposure to excessive noise at work. The Control of Noise at Work Act 2005 came into force for all industry sectors in April 2006 (except in the music and entertainment industry which was in April 2008). The level at which employers are legally obliged to provide hearing protection, and hearing protection zones) is now 85 decibels and the level at which employers are obliged to risk assess workers’ hearing health and provide them with information and training is now 80 decibels. There is also an exposure level of 87 decibels, taking into account any reduction of exposure provided by hearing protection, above which workers must not be exposed.

 

Damage to hearing is very serious for those affected, although we all are likely to experience some form of hearing loss as part of the ageing process.  Recent research has suggested that there may well be instances where the loss of hearing can either cause or be related to the on-set of dementia.

 

There are many noisy environments that people work in such as construction, manufacturing, engineering, gardening, entertainment and the armed forces to name just a few. It is always the responsibility of those in control of these noisy working environments to ensure that workers, and anyone else that is regularly exposed to noise has the correct ear protection.

 

For further information please contact us at info@westminstercompliance.co.uk or call 0203 411 7888

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