Noise Levels at Work
- Key points
- aims, objectives and outcomes
- Who is this course suitable for?
With an estimated 17,000 workers reported to have occupational-related hearing problems between 2017 and 2020, as well as 95 new diagnoses of occupational deafness over the last 12 months, it is imperative that employers remain vigilant when it comes to controlling employee exposure to noise at work.
In line with the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005, employers are legally required to assess the risks posed by noise levels in their workplace, taking action where required to ensure that the legal limits on noise exposure are not exceeded. If not closely monitored or controlled, overexposure to high levels of noise can lead to such concerns as loss of hearing and/or tinnitus. If noise exposure cannot be reduced via other control measures, employers are required to provide their staff with hearing protection, as well as adequate information, instruction and training.
To ensure that employers are aware of adequate noise levels and that all working activities do not exceed the workplace exposure limit, it is highly recommended that they undertake Noise Levels at Work training, with knowledge updated on a regular basis.
What are acceptable noise levels at work?
According the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005, sounds at or below 70 decibels (dB) are generally considered to be acceptable noise levels at work – anything at or above 80 dB is classed as the ‘noise action level’, at which point employers are legally required to assess the risk to employees’ health and implement appropriate control or management measures. If noise levels are 85 dB or above, employers are required to provide adequate hearing protection, as this rate proven to be more likely to damage hearing over time.
What noise level should not be exceeded in the workplace?
87dB is classed as the exposure limit value, and employers are strictly prohibited from exceeding this level of noise in the workplace.
Noise Levels at Work Online Training – key points
- Experience: Suitable for delegates that are regularly exposed to high levels of noise in the workplace
- Duration: 45 minutes
- Assessment: Final test
- Teaching method: E-learning.
Noise Levels at Work Online Training – aims and objectives
During SOCOTEC’s Noise Levels at Work online training, delegates will be provided with an overview as to how they can meet their legal obligations when it comes to maintaining acceptable noise levels at work. The course content aims to raise awareness of the dangers associated with noise, as well as provide a general understanding as to how sound is measured and how the ear works. Delegates will also learn how to identify sources of potentially damaging noise, recognise the control measures required to protect hearing and ensure that these risks are effectively managed.
Noise Levels at Work Online Training – outcomes
By the end of the Noise Levels at Work training course, delegates will be aware of the dangers of excessive exposure to noise at work, as well as having a more in-depth knowledge of the methods required to assess and manage these risks, such as the implementation of an effective noise at work policy. They will also understand the hierarchy of control that employers have to consider when managing noise, as well as the legal and regulatory frameworks they need to adhere to (including the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005).
Upon completion of the Noises online course content, delegates are required to take a final test to demonstrate their understanding of the subject matter. Once they have successfully passed the assessment stage, delegates will be issued with a Noise Levels at Work training certificate, which is immediately available to download and print.
Who is the Noise Levels at Work training course suitable for?
SOCOTEC’s Noise Levels at Work training course is suitable for employees that are frequently exposed to high levels of noise in the workplace, such as within the construction, leisure and hospitality sectors, or through the operation of machinery or high powered tools.
Noise Levels at Work Training Course – overview
The Noises online training course comprises four interactive modules, followed by a final test that delegates must complete in order to successfully pass the course. The modules comprise of the following:
- Noise hazards
- Noise control
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