High noise levels at work may have detrimental effects, including reduced productivity, communication difficulties, hearing impairment, and other health concerns.
To safeguard the health and safety of their employees, employers must conduct occupational noise assessments or noise tests to counteract occupational noise pollution.
Workplace noise conservation and noise control programs must measure noise levels and workers exposure to noise. Noise measurement services enable you to identify which employees are at risk of hearing loss, determine what sources cause the risk of hearing loss, plan the noise control measures you should take and assess the effectiveness of control measures. Furthermore, you can use this information to develop noise control strategies.
It is possible to lose your hearing permanently when exposed to high levels of noise. This kind of hearing loss cannot be treated with surgery or a hearing aid. Hearing can also get altered temporarily by short-term exposure to loud noise, such as stuffed up ears or a ringing sensation in your ears (tinnitus). A few hours after leaving the noise, these short-term problems may go away. Excessive exposure to loud noises over time, however, can cause permanent hearing loss and tinnitus.
The presence of noise in the workplace can lead to stress, reduced productivity, interruption of concentration, as well as occupational injuries due to the difficulty in recognizing warning signals. Noise-induced hearing loss can cause profound difficulties with high-frequency hearing, speech interpretation, and effective communication. In most cases, it is high-frequency hearing parts of the ear that are impacted first.
Continuous and excessive noise may damage your hearing as well as cause headaches, high blood pressure, tiredness, restlessness, digestive difficulties, and an increase in the possibility of colds and other minor ailments.
Occupational health and safety officers can obtain information and advice about reducing noise in the workplace. Work practices must be continually improved, and noise levels monitored to preserve workers’ hearing.
Benefits of noise monitoring in a workplace
1) Safety of workers
Noise Monitoring program safeguards workers’ hearing from excessive noise in the workplace, leading to hearing loss and/or tinnitus.
To ensure workers’ safety, employers must maintain a level of protection for their employees, as well as a level of assessment of the risk to the workers’ health and training of the workers. Additionally, there is a limit value, which takes into account the maximum level of exposure, above which workers are not permitted to work.
Preventing workplace accidents, ensuring employee safety, and providing a safe work environment is essential for occupational health and safety. By monitoring noise levels, employers can identify problem areas and ensure that they comply with regulations.
An important part of a workplace noise reduction program is to monitor noise levels. Noise tests, including dosimeters and handheld sound level meters, help identify noise sources, identify affected employees, and determine whether additional measurements are needed.
For workplace noise assessment to be successful, workers must understand its importance and the potential health risks.
2) Fewer health expenses
High workplace noise levels may lead to tinnitus, irritability, insomnia, hypertension, heart disease, and short-term or lifetime hearing loss. Noise exposure has also been linked to immune system changes and birth defects.
Tinnitus and/or hearing loss can occur due to prolonged exposure to loud sounds in the workplace. As a result of loud noise, employees are often stressed, less productive, unable to communicate, concentrate on work effectively or prone to workplace accidents because they are unable to hear warning signals.
When workers are exposed to high noise levels at work, they may suffer various health problems that can increase their medical expenses. Due to a lack of productivity, this negatively affects the economy and leads to rising health costs! As well, degrading health is not a one-day event; it will affect your health expenses for a lifetime.
3) Identification of high noises
Noise is expected in the workplace, primarily when workers work with high-powered tools. It is concerning that workers are exposed to high levels of noise for an extended period, which might affect their performance. Providing real-time data and identifying opportunities for improvement makes the monitoring device an effective tool for improving these conditions. In addition, it can be used to identify loud noises, heavy equipment, transportation and electrical equipment.
Often, sound monitor devices can identify excessive noise levels and other signs of disturbance without violating the law. To assess the noise level, the sensors measure the increased air pressure caused by sound waves.
If noise exceeds your set threshold, you will receive an alert. Typically, you can set a maximum point for decibels. While some of the equipment helps in noise tests, others can detect potential hazards and allow you to monitor your property more effectively.
By implementing monitoring solutions and identifying high noise levels, employers could reduce noise levels at work, thus avoiding employees suffering hearing damage and long-term health problems.
How can Compound Services be helpful?
Health and safety officers can work with employers to reduce noise in the workplace. Regular monitoring of noise levels and continuous improvements in work practices are essential to preserving workers’ hearing.
To prevent workplace injuries and illnesses and maintain safety, Compound Services conducts risk evaluations to identify hazards and perils and put measures in place to avoid them.
Compound Services offers both short-term and long-term environmental noise monitoring services. As part of the noise monitoring program, we conduct background investigations, construction noise and site monitoring, environmental observation, certification, and evaluation to identify noise sources, as well as develop strategies to maintain those levels.
The most common applications includes acoustic mapping, noise mapping, sound monitoring in real-time, construction noise, site observations and periodic noise measurements. The units have a wide range of configuration options and low power consumption. It makes them adaptable to a wide range of power sources, such as internal and external batteries, solar power with battery backup, Ethernet connectivity, USB, and main power with solar and battery storage.
Noise monitoring stands out as an effective procedure to maintain the workers’ health and safety in the workplace.