Noise at work
One of the UK’s largest construction site safety inspection companies has reported a 25% increase in the number of noise infringements occurring on building sites.
Their report was based on an analysis of 10,000 independent site inspections conducted during the first half of 2019 which compared data from the first two quarters of 2019.
Recent figures show that over 17,000 people in the UK suffer deafness, ringing in the ears or other ear conditions caused by excessive noise at work. Exposure to high noise levels can cause permanent hearing damage for construction workers, without the sufferer becoming aware of the problem until it’s too late. It can often lead to tinnitus or even deafness. Noise can also be a serious safety hazard at work, interfering with communication and making warnings harder to hear.
The HSE estimates that more than 2 million people in Great Britain were exposed to unacceptable levels of noise at work. Noise induced hearing loss is the second most common reason for employers’ liabilities claims for Occupational Health.
Aegis are now able to offer a comprehensive service which will ensure your company compiles fully with the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005, that employee exposures are identified and that the risk of long term ill health is reduced. This will ensure legal compliance and reduce exposure to potential costly compensation claims.
This service will include:
Noise assessment of work areas and calculation of employee exposure levels
Comprehensive report identifying areas for improvement and action plan
Employee awareness training, including selection of appropriate personal hearing protection, and correct method of fitting and use