How to reduce noise hazards in the workplace
None of us like being woken up by loud noise, or disturbed by noise when we want to relax or concentrate. We all enjoy some peace and quiet, and it’s no different when it comes to the workplace. Of course, many jobs require exposure to some loud noise, but it’s important this is kept to a minimum.
Being exposed to constant loud noise can damage workers’ hearing and cause unpleasant and harmful symptoms to arise. So, learning how to reduce noise hazards in the workplace is of vital importance.
What symptoms can workers experience as a result of noise pollution?
Hearing loss or hearing damage are the most obvious effects of being exposed to loud noise – think about when you come out of a concert or club and your ears are ringing, and you struggle to hear what people are saying. There are more symptoms, however, associated with loud noise exposure, such as:
Raised blood pressure
Irritability and mood swings
Weakened immune system (becoming susceptible to colds and bugs)
These symptoms compromise workers’ well-being and directly affect their ability to carry out their job effectively, efficiently, and enthusiastically. To minimise the risk to your employees’ health, you need to identify the noise hazards in the workplace and reduce them. If you’d like some more information on how hearing loss in the workplace can affect workers mentally and physically, read our page on hearing loss in the workplace.
What is considered to be a hazardous noise level in the workplace?