The hustle and bustle of the workplace can often reach high noise levels, even without the addition of machinery. As businesses look increasingly at innovative technology to gain results, they also need to consider noise reduction initiatives to enable employees to achieve their best.
The figures may be slightly scary when you know that hearing loss accounts for nearly 75% of occupational disease claims, but these are all preventable if simple steps are put in place.
1. Identify the risk
In most cases, there is no need to use equipment to measure the levels, and a simple test to see if you can be heard two metres away should be enough to identify an issue. If you are unsure, there are plenty of sound measuring devices to increase the test accuracy.
2. Isolate the source
Enclosing a noisy machine or creating a soundproof area will immediately alleviate harmful levels, improving the workplace environment and increasing productivity.
3. Reduce exposure
Introducing shifts to reduce the amount of time employees are exposed to high noise levels will prevent issues developing and improve morale.
4. Test regularly
Enabling employees to regularly get their hearing checked will help identify potential problems, promote employee wellbeing and give you peace of mind.
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