Noise is a damaging sound that may affect your employees’ productivity. If you continue to ignore its presence, this can cause increased absenteeism, poor performance and loss of income.
As a responsible employer, ensure that safe work practices are implemented. If you observe that the noise levels exceed the standards, you must develop a noise management strategy. This strategy must be developed after a consultation with your workers and occupation health and safety or OHS consulting team.
Health Risks of Noise Exposure
Exposure to noise in the workplace causes a number of psychological and physiological responses such as:
Increased Blood Pressure – When the surroundings are too loud, a high blood pressure may be the consequence. This serious condition can lead to stroke, heart failure and coronary heart disease.
Stress – This occurs when the demands of work environment exceed the workers ability to cope or control them.
This can be due to frequent ringing of a telephone or loud co-workers.
Tinnitus – Tinnitus is a booming, ringing or hissing sensation in the ears. Excessive exposure to noise increases the risk of tinnitus. If the noise impulsive, the risk can rise significantly.
Hearing Damage – High-level noise may cause dull hearing or worse loss of hearing. Hearing damage can result in the disturbance of speech communication and poor customer service.
Unborn child – Studies suggest that prolonged exposure of the unborn child to loud noise during pregnancy may affect the overall health of the baby.
Increased accident rate – Noise can lead to accidents by masking the sound of approaching danger and making it harder for workers to hear and correctly understand signals.
5 Steps to Reduce Noise Exposure in the Workplace
Reducing noise in the workplace is easy with these five steps:
• Monitor the workplace regularly
• Change and modify equipment
• Distribute hearing protection such as ear plugs
• Sound proof the room
• Use noisy equipment early or late in the day when there are fewer people
Make your employees know that you care for them. Like what Anne Mulcahy said, “Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person – not just an employee – are more productive, more satisfied and more fulfilled. Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability.”