The Noise Regulations 2005 require employers to prevent or reduce risks to health and safety from exposure to noise at work. Hearing loss at work is preventable, but once hearing has gone, it won’t come back.
Over 17,000 in the UK suffer from ear condition, such as tinnitus, can be caused by excessive noise at work.
Noise is measured in decibels (dB). An ‘A-weighting’ sometimes written as ‘dB(A)’, is used to measure average noise levels, and a ‘C-weighting’ or ‘dB(C)’, to measure peak, impact or explosive noises.
A 3dB change in noise levels may be noticeable due to the way the human ears work. Every 3dB doubles the noise.