Workplace sound level surveys

Working in noise can cause a wide range of physical and emotional responses.   Employees may complain about noise for a number of reasons.  They are as follows…

  • Hearing loss due to noise

To totally prevent hearing loss requires a customized approach for the 20% of workers who are more susceptible to noise damage.

  • Physical fatigue and reduction in the ability concentrate

The second physical response to noise is physical fatigue …as little as 10 minutes of continual noise exposure can cause a raise in the cardiovascular system of a person. It is fatiguing to work all day in such noise.  Working in noise may not cause hearing loss but can affect a person’s ability to concentrate.

  • Annoyance of noise

We all have an emotional or annoyance response to sound. You  know what it is like to lie in bed and hear a dripping tap…you just have to get up to turn it off.

So the concerns of your workforce could relate to any / or all of the above. Obtaining a sound level survey that includes octave band analysis of the noise could help establish which of the above issues is causing concern amongst your workforce.

sound level meter

sound level meter

Once the noise levels are accurately identified then the appropriate workplace action can take place from the recommendations of the report.

If the noise is not deemed hazardous or in any way affecting work performance then this would suggest that the employees with concerns should have their hearing checked as they may have abnormal loudness perception.

It also should be noted that there are different noise standards for different work environments. Noise is not just about being hazardous…it also relates to type of work being done and levels of concentration that is required.

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