Claims against employers for Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) show that many employers still don't do enough to protect their workers. From 2013 to 2015, 80,000 new claims were submitted.
Many companies only establish the appropriate measures after being fined tens of thousands of pounds. The lack of an effective noise strategy is costly as there is no limit to fines, and further fines apply for each day that requirements for noise control are not met.
According to the Noise Regulations introduced in 2005, employers need to protect workers exposed to noise levels over 85dB and provide hearing check-ups if they are regularly exposed to noise reaching 85dB or more. Companies are liable for fines if the levels exceed 87dB.
To proactively protect workers and avoid fines, employers need to implement a comprehensive strategy. After an assessment, the measures include eliminating or substituting equipment or processes, controlling noise at source and ensuring safe working procedures. Employees need information, instruction and training for these measures to be effective.
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The key ways to reduce noise include controlling it at source, creating a barrier within the sound path, and screening off the receiver. A site assessment will show what control measures are needed for each situation.