Noise is in every working environment and it’s not uncommon for that noise to reach dangerous levels.
Whether hearing loss is due to long lengths of exposure or short lengths that cause the damage, noise damage to workers’ hearing in Australia is a real thing. The correct training and use of PPE must be taught to every single Australian worker before they need to use it.
WHS law in Australia puts a lot of onus back onto supervisors and upper management to make sure that they are providing a safe working environment for all workers. This includes an environment free from hazardous noise.
So what is a dangerous noise level?
Noise in a workplace is considered at a dangerous level when it reaches the exposure standard of 85 decibels (A-weighted) over an eight hour period, and a maximum of 140 decibels (C-weighted).
To show you an example of noise levels, try and compare your normal work practices to the below examples:
- Jet Engine - 120 decibels
- Angle Grinding - 120 decibels
- Chain Saw - 110 decibels
- Lawn Mowing - 93 decibels
- Welding - 91 decibels
- Front End Loader - 85 decibels
- Normal Conversation - 60 decibels
It is very important to protect your own health as well as that of your fellow workers in the workplace. Nobody wants to receive a fine for unsafe practices and nobody wants to be responsible for injuring another in our workforce.
If you require any assistance or advice in relation to high levels of noise in the workplace or conducting hearing loss testing for your workers, please contact the MTA’s WHS & RTW Coordinator Cos Lamberto by clicking here.