Noise induced hearing loss is a permanent injury. In a noisy environment the employer can no longer solely rely on hearing protection devices and administrative control to protect employees from the noise. In Australia noise control falls within the general umbrella of the Occupational Health and Safety regulations and is state based.
If a noise source is identified that exceeds the allowable limits, then
If it is established that hearing protection devices are required then
Audiometric testing must be provided by the employer. The audiometric test results must be:
The consequences to the employee and employer of a noisy workplace are extreme. It is no longer acceptable, or worth the effort, to administer a noisy workplace – it is far simpler to eradicate the problem by controlling the noise at the source.
There are solutions available to quieten existing noise at the source. There are also methods that can be used to predict noise levels for new installations and to ensure that they will be below the allowable limits.
CET Group has the experience to provide expert assistance in:
Specific assignments undertaken include:
At CET Group our approach to noise control is to: