Assess noise exposure

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Noise in printing

Noise can be a problem in the printing industry. Specific guidance for Noise in Printing is being developed. This page identifies the problem, what you need to do and further information.

Short duration exposure to high noise levels can cause temporary hearing loss. Permanent hearing loss results from longer term exposures. Often, you don’t know your hearing is being damaged until some hearing loss has happened. Some effects of noise exposure are quicker, such as developing tinnitus. This can be a permanent ringing or whooshing sound that gets worse when it is quiet.

This demonstration shows what it’s like to suffer cheap jerseys noise induced hearing loss.

What you need to do

Control the risk of hearing damage by reducing noise exposure as low as possible if you cannot eliminate it. You must reduce daily noise exposure to at least 85 decibels (second action level) and preferably to 80 decibels (first action level) or less.

Assess noise exposure

Work out the likely noise exposure levels in your workplace for workers based on the range of jobs they do. separate rooms

Implement a System for Plant maintenance which minimises noise levels

Provide refuges for employees to reduce exposureIf noise levels are still above the exposure levels after noise reduction provide hearing protection and make sure operators use it. Hearing protection should:

Reduce the sound level reaching the ear to at least below 85 decibels preferably 80

Have a SNR (Single Number Rating) of around 20 it stops 20 decibels of sound

Reduce noise to no less than 70 decibels communication difficult and warnings unheard

Be worn properly and during exposure train employees on fit, use, disposal, replacement

Be comfortable offer choice

Use the calculator on HSE noise website to check if your hearing protection gives the right level of protection.

Buy cost effective hearing protection employees may use several pairs per day of cheap, basic earplugs, so repeated use protection may be best.

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