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NOISE AT WORK

Introduction

You probably work in a noisy environment if:

  • You have to raise your voice to be heard by someone just two metres away for at least part of the day.

  • You use noisy powered tools or machinery for more than half an hour a day.

  • Your work causes impacts such as hammering

Risks:

  • damage to hearing (either temporary or permanent)
  • loss of hearing
  • distraction or disruption to concentration when working on safety critical task

Controlling exposure

Exposure to noise that will damage hearing should be assessed and managed with suitable controls.

Controls include some or all of the following

  • Using designed engineering controls that reduce noise such as using noise absorbing materials and screens and barriers as a first measure.

  • Providing equipment with in built noise control measures e.g. silencers, sound booths

  • Providing workers with general awareness information, instruction and training

  • Limiting access to noisy areas to permitted staff only

  • Limiting the time exposed to a noisy activity

  • Using additional personnel protective equipment (PPE) if safe noise levels cannot be achieved by other means including the above e.g. ear muffs, defenders and ear plugs

Information on hearing protection can be found at the following link:

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/estates/safetynet/guidance/ppe/select/type/specialist/index.htm

Issues relating to noise generated as a result of UCL building and maintenance works should be reported to the Estates Help Desk in the first instance. 

If you need further advice on noise at work or noise issues please contact the Safety Services team.

Tools

Training

The law

FAQs

Managing noise risks-Flowchart

Exposure calculators and ready-reckoners

 

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005

Controlling noise at work. Guidance on Regulations

Frequently asked questions

USEFUL LINKS

HSE:

Noise at Work

Noise. Don't lose your hearing!

 


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