Noise & Risk Management
Effects of noise on hearing
Hearing ability deteriorates with age. However, exposure to high levels of noise at work or through hobbies and leisure activities over time will cause irreparable damage to hearing.
Therefore high noise exposures are likely to cause deafness at an earlier age than would be expected naturally. You may only realise the extent of your hearing loss when it has become so bad that your family complain that you have the television too loud, or you realise you cannot keep up with conversations. This permanent hearing loss is incurable and young people can be damaged as easily as older people.
So what can you do about it?
Hearing loss is permanent and irreversible. However noise-induced hearing loss is completely preventable. Your employer has put in place various systems to reduce the amount of harmful noise in your workplace. You should be aware of these systems and comply with them at all times. This may mean not entering a room or work area, keeping doors/ shields/ guards in place or in some cases, where damaging noise cannot be reduced, you will be required to wear hearing protection such as earplugs or earmuffs. Areas where hearing protection is required will be clearly marked with signs. Your employer has provided training on how to wear your hearing protection correctly. It will only work if used properly. It is your duty, and within your interests to protect your hearing to wear the protection correctly at all times.
NEW WAVE's Health surveillance programme
For employees at risk of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) as a result of their work we provide:
- General advice for employees undergoing health surveillance for NIHL
- Noise and health survey for employees
- Individual hearing tests
- Results and analysis communicated to employees
- Employee notifications according to the audiogram (individual hearing health strategies mapped out)
NEW WAVE's noise and risk management
We provide for both employers and employees:
- Comprehensive report for employer
- Hearing of employees split into 4 categories:
- Acceptable hearing ability
- Mild hearing impairment
- Poor hearing
- Rapid hearing loss
- Comparisons between annual hearing tests
- Original record or copy of annual hearing tests (filed for 40 years)
- Training/advice for employers (e.g. assigning employees to alternative work areas where there is no risk of further noise exposure)
- Solutions for preventing NIHL (e.g. headphones, sound absorbers, etc.)
- Treatment for hearing loss and tinnitus (hearing aids)
- On-site noise level measurement/monitoring
- Noise mapping
- Comprehensive report in accordance with results
- Noise measurements and report according to international standards