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Control of Noise
Control of Noise
Overview This talk will cover: hazards, controlling noise and ear protection.
1 Some of the following things used on site can be harmful to your hearing: compressors, breakers, circular saws, concrete mixes, chainsaws, generators, vibrating rollers and excavators.
2 Even if you are not using the noisy piece of equipment, you could be affected by someone using it close by.
3 Look out for noise hazard signs on site and obey them.
4 It’s not only on site that you have to remember to protect your hearing but after work also – noisy clubs, hi-fis, etc.
1 Use a less noisy process if possible.
2 If shouting is necessary in order to be heard, the noise level is high and you should wear ear protectors.
3 Keep compressor covers closed when in use.
4 Ensure breaker mufflers are correctly fitted.
5 Don’t keep machinery running unnecessarily.
6 Ensure you don’t expose your workmates to your noise.
7 Move the noise source away from the work area or move the work area away from the noise.
8 If possible, shield noise process. Work behind a wall or some other sound-absorbing material.
1 Don’t use cotton wool for ear protection, it is not effective.
2 Ensure ear plugs are a good fit and correctly inserted.
3 Regularly clean reusable ear plugs.
4 Use disposable ear plugs once only.
5 Clean your hands before touching all types of ear plugs.
6 Ear defenders should fit the head all round the seal.
7 Ensure that ear defenders are worn the correct way round.
8 Ensure defender seals are always in a serviceable condition.
9 Don’t alter pressure of ear defenders by bending the head band.
10 If you have difficulty in wearing ear defenders, report it.
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