Prevention

Prevention

Harmful noise has an impact on production and health. To limit this, it is important to draw up a prevention plan in the RI&E. This is also required by the Occupational Health and Safety Service. Step 1 is to take a global sound measurement.

If it appears that the 80 decibels are exceeded, a daily dose measurement is recommended. Based on the results of the daily dose measurement, the required damping can be determined.

Overview of preventive measures

It is important not only to take a top-down approach, but also to regularly invite employees to report hazards. A central reporting point is a low-threshold tool for this. But which measures are effective? We follow the occupational hygiene strategy:

1. Limiting the volume

It is important not only to take a top-down approach, but also to regularly invite employees to report hazards. A central reporting point is a low-threshold tool for this. But which measures are effective? We follow the occupational hygiene strategy:

2. Covering the sound source

Noise insulation is a good alternative. Placing a cover or wall around the machine or activity muffles the sound. The advantage is that you don't have to buy any replacements. The disadvantage is that each machine or activity has to be insulated, so you have less access to it. Moreover, not all noise can be sufficiently muffled.

3. Working less long hours

You can also choose to reduce the production time. For example, at 83 decibels you can still work for 4 hours a day. And at 86 decibels, 2 hours. However, a condition is that the noise does cannot increase unexpectedly. The advantage is that you do not need to take any further measures. The disadvantage is that you must constantly measure the noise and you can only deploy the teams to a limited extent.

4. Hearing protection

Providing your staff with hearing protection blocks the ear canal and therefore protects hearing. This is the most commonly used solution. The advantage is that everyone is protected everywhere and it doesn't have a big impact on your organisation.

Of course, it is important that staff are aware of the risk. This will create support for the measures. More tips for creating support can be read here.