Noise is one of the most widespread sources of hearing loss and one of the most general work-related disorders. Continual exposures to noise may, over extended periods, present severe threats to human hearing.

The impact of noise on hearing is frequently misjudged since the harm occurs slowly. Extreme noise harms the fine hair cells in the internal ear. This harm leads to sensorineural hearing losss and frequently tinnitus or ringing in the ears.

Hazard identification

Hazardous noise can affect an individual's hearing and can make it difficult to hear sounds necessary for working safely e.g. warning signals and communication.

Potential noise hazards can be identified from:

  • Information from manufacturers and suppliers in regards to the noise output of plant & equipment.
  • Direct observation, inspections and records.
  • Consultation with the workforce.
  • Hazard/Incident Reports

For more information refer to the Noise Management Procedure.

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