Noise Exposures in the Workplace: What You Need to Know

Noise exposure in the workplace can lead to a range of health issues, both physical and psychological. Prolonged exposure to high levels of noise can cause:

  • Hearing Loss –  Continuous exposure to loud noise can lead to permanent hearing damage or loss.
  • Tinnitus – A ringing, buzzing, or hissing sound in the ears, which can be temporary or permanent.
  • Stress and Anxiety –  High noise levels can increase stress and anxiety, affecting mental health and overall well-being.
  • Fatigue –  Noise can interfere with concentration and sleep patterns, leading to fatigue and reduced productivity.
  • Cardiovascular Issues –  Prolonged exposure to loud noise can increase the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure.

Noise Exposure Limits in the Workplace

In Australia, the exposure to noise in the workplace is regulated by Safe Work Australia. The key limits are:

  • 85 dB(A) for 8 Hours: The standard work exposure limit is 85 decibels (A-weighted) over an 8-hour period. Exposures above this level require control measures to reduce risk.
  • 140 dB(C) Peak Sound Pressure Level: The maximum allowable peak noise level is 140 decibels (C-weighted). Instantaneous exposure above this level is considered hazardous.

Noise Exposure Controls

To manage exposure and protect workers, several control measures can be implemented:

  • Elimination or Substitution –  Removing the source of noise or replacing it with quieter alternatives.
  • Engineering Controls –  Modifying equipment or processes to reduce noise levels, such as installing sound barriers or using quieter machinery.
  • Administrative Controls –  Implementing policies and procedures to minimise exposure, such as rotating tasks to limit the time workers spend in noisy areas.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) –  Providing hearing protection, such as earplugs or earmuffs, to workers when other controls are insufficient.


How Safetysure Can Help You Monitor and Control Noise

At Safetysure, we are committed to helping you understand and manage noise exposure in your workplace. Our comprehensive services includes:

Noise Assessments and Surveys

Conducting thorough noise surveys is a critical step in identifying and managing workplace noise hazards. Our assessments involve an initial consultation to understand your specific needs and concerns, followed by on-site measurements using advanced sound level meters and dosimeters to measure noise levels throughout your facility. We analyse the collected data to identify noise sources, exposure levels, and areas where improvements are needed. A detailed report is then provided complying with  the requirements of AS/NZS 1269.1:2005 – Measurement and Assessment of Noise Immission and Exposure: Details methods for measuring and assessing noise exposure in the workplace. We outline the findings and recommendations for control measures. We also offer ongoing occupational noise monitoring and training and education to assist you in your compliance journey.

By partnering with Safetysure, you can create a safer and healthier workplace environment, protecting your employees from the harmful effects of noise exposure.

For more information on how we can assist you in managing noise exposure, contact us today.

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