Noise hazard toolbox talk
Every day we experience sounds from our environment. For example, sounds from our radios, television, electrical appliances, vehicles, and equipment. Sometimes these sounds can be on a normal level.
However, some sounds can be loud and long-lasting. At that point, the sound can be termed harmful. Such harmful, long-lasting noise can cause noise-induced hearing loss.
At the workplace, workers, visitors, contractors, suppliers, friends, and family can be affected by noise hazard.
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT THAT CAN PRODUCE NOISE ON SITE.
- Angle grinder.
- Power Generator
- Poker vibrator.
- Roller drum.
- Mobile crane.
- Forklift truck.
- Wood cutting machine.
- Table saw.
- Tyre explosion.
NOISE LEVEL FOR SOME ACTIVITY
The unit of noise measurement is in decibels (Db). Any noise that is above 85 Db is harmful.
- Our human conversation is around 60-70 db
- Headphones are between 94 -110 db
- The motorcycle is 80-110 db
- Siren is 110 -129 db.
Most times, to control the noise from harming you, you have to avoid noises that are too loud, too close or last too long. You can easily do this by observing your distance from the source of the sound and the length of time you are exposed to the sound.
Ways to reduce the effect of noise in our workplace.
- Take some time to know which noise can harm you and plan towards controlling them.
- Wear earplugs whenever you want to engage in a noisy operation on site.
- Wear earplugs when you notice a noise around you
- If you can’t reduce the noise, move away from the noise.
- Always be on alert to hazardous noises.
- Ensure you protect persons vulnerable to the noise around you by offering earplugs and other helpful assistance.
- If you think you might have ear loss, do have your ear test periodically.
Onyeka Emma is a QHSE Professional, a business person, and an entrepreneur. He is very passionate about health and safety, Business and Entrepreneurship.