All over the world, people, organizations, and governments will commemorate the 20th annual International Noise Awareness Day (INAD) on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. The Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC) founded this yearly event in 1996 to encourage people to do something about bothersome noise where they work, live, and play.
Why do we care so much about unwanted noise? In the short term, noise causes stress, and as most of us understand, stress is terrible for your health. In the long term, noise causes hearing loss—and hearing loss is also detrimental to your health.
We have collected several links and downloads concerning noise, its consequences and means of prevention.
International Noise Awareness Day - Official Website
The Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC) founded the INAD in 1996 to encourage people to do something about bothersome noise where they work, live, and play. Visit the website for info on INAD commemorations all over the globe, how to start your own, and learn more about the history.
Download Brochure: Noise at work – A brief guide to controlling the risks
Loud noise at work can damage people’s hearing and lead to risks to safety. This leaflet explains what you, as an employer, need to do under the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 to protect your employees from noise. It will also be useful to employees and their representatives. The leaflet tells you about the harm that noise can cause, the legal duties on employers, identifying if there is a problem with noise in your workplace, and controlling noise and preventing harm.
Online Guide: Noise at work
Every day, millions of employees are exposed to noise at work and all the risks this can entail. While noise is most obviously a problem in industries such as manufacturing and construction, it can also be an issue in a wide range of other working environments, from call centres to schools, orchestra pits to bars. Noise induced hearing loss is the most common reported occupational disease in the EU. Visit the website to reads more about noise, what problems it can cause, and how to reduce moise.
Download: Noise at Work – A Workplace Health Toolkit
This brochure seeks to give practical guidance to employers on complying with the Control of Noise at Work Regulations, which form part of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 and the Guidelines on Hearing Checks and Audiometry under those regulations. It tells you about the risks for employees, exposure limit values, how to measure noise, required measures above the lower exposure action value, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and more.
Sound Advice - noise at work in music and entertainment
The website "Sound Advice" contains practical guidelines on the control of noise at work in music and entertainment. Representatives of music and entertainment industries together with Environmental Health Officers and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prepared the guidance. On this site you will find out what you can do to avoid the harmful effects of prolonged exposure to noise – for yourself and for the people you employ or work with.
Download Checklist: Noise Control Self-Assessment Checklist
With this list, you can check questions like "Is there a noise issue at the work site?", "Has employees’ noise exposure been assessed?", "Has the hierarchy of control for reducing exposure to noise been applied?", and more. For each question, the list also gives you tips about what to look for and information about OHS (Noise) Regulations.
Download: Safety Checklist Noise
This checklist wants a "Yes" or "No" for questions in 6 catogries: "Identification of noise hazards", "Noise risk assessment", "Hazard controls", "Personal hearing protectors", "Information and training", and "Hearing tests".
Online Training Module: Noise At Work
This Module provides trainees with background information on how occupational noise exposure can affect a worker's health and safety. Topics discussed include: the health effects of exposure to noise, how to measure noise, methods of noise control, and the role of the health and safety representative in controlling occupational noise.
Online Guide: How to Select Hearing Protection
Hearing protection is important because your ears are composed of very delicate structures. Whether you are going out to woods to cut some wood with a chainsaw, going to shoot archery, or your partner won't quit snoring, ear protection can help protect your hearing. This Wiki guides you through the 5 steps from selecting the right style of ear protection to buying them.