Occupational Noise

Basically, occupational noise is one of the most important factors affecting the health of workers in the workplace. Professional noise can cause permanent hearing loss that can lead to deafness, gradually due to continuous exposure to noise and for long periods of time.

What Are Excessive Noise Levels (Occupational Noise Exposure)?Occupational Noise-1

Generally, noise surrounds us whether we are at home, at entertainment or at work – but most of the noise levels we are exposed to are harmless.

But, in some cases, if the sound rate is too high and we do not follow proper protection, we risk hearing loss. The degree of noise risk depends on the volume and the duration of the person’s exposure to noise.

Moreover, it depends on the degree of maximum noise or the highest sound pressure levels experienced by individuals.

Many industrial sectors have workplaces where excessive noise levels can pose a threat to workers or the public. There are many examples:

  • Construction and civil engineering.
  • Demolitions.
  • Roadworks.Occupational Noise-2
  • Engineering.
  • Manufacturing.
  • Drafting.
  • Packing and packing plants and furnaces.
  • Electrical equipment.
  • Noisy machinery, saws, and drilling equipment.
  • Processes in which explosive materials are used (guns, explosives)
  • Road tools or metalwork.
  • Tools that work by pushing the air.

They can all produce excessive noise, even some chemical compounds and materials used in the workplace – known as “ear toxic substances” – can contribute to hearing loss when combined with excessive noise levels.

Action to be taken To Control Occupational Noise:

1- Control noise levels in the workplace:Occupational Noise-3

We can often reduce noise levels and exposure by making simple changes and applying different options that may reduce the risk of hearing impairment among employees, contractors, and visitors.

Learn ways to get rid of noise using different equipment, techniques, processes, or protectors that can help eliminate noise.

2- Plan to maintain hearing:

Finally, in workplaces with a high risk of noise, employers should develop a continuous and effective program to maintain hearing.

Ultimately, “High risk” places where risk assessments have shown that noise exposure levels are equal to or greater than 85 decibels (a) measured prior to the use of hearing aids.

No employee, contractor or another person should be subjected to continuous, intermittent or collision noise rates equal to or greater than 100 decibels (A) without hearing aids.

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