Noise levels in manufacturing
WorkSafe has just announced an inspection program into noise levels in manufacturing workplaces during the 2015-16 financial year.
This will be focused on workplaces that carry out manufacturing activities in both metropolitan and regional areas of WA.
Noise exposure is a recognised work hazard. Due to it being a common and potentially serious issue for workers, noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) is one of the priority areas under the national Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022, and manufacturing is one of WorkSafe’s priority industries.
WorkSafe WA state that the main aim of the program is to raise awareness of how workplace noise hazards should be assessed and controlled.
According to WorkSafe director Joe Attard, “whenever inspectors visit a manufacturing workplace for any reason they will also run through the noise checklist and ask employers if they have a hearing protection policy, and if so, whether it is being enforced and workers are actually abiding by noise control. Inspectors will pay particular attention to small businesses because past experience shows that small business employers are often less aware of what is required of them”.
“So if a WorkSafe inspector visits your workplace this financial year, expect them to check on your noise policies and be prepared to improve them if necessary.”
Now is a good time to review WorkSafe’s checklist for noise in the manufacturing industry.
CHP can help you understand what is required in this checklist, tailored for your workplace and work tasks.
Contact us to find out more…