This online training course on noise risk assessments explores the risk assessment process for this hazard. It will examine the risks associated with noise and practical measures to minimise and manage the risks.
Excess exposure to noise can lead to permanent hearing loss. Noise in the workplace can be created by work equipment, plant, or machinery. It’s essential to understand the dangerous nature of these activities and have suitable precautions in place to reduce the risks.
Loud noises at work can cause irreversible damage to anyone’s hearing. It’s a common occupational health hazard that affects millions of employees. The control of noise regulations 2005 is designed to protect employees from this hazard.
Any time noisy work is carried out, these noise regulations require employers to assess the risk and take appropriate steps to conduct an efficient workplace noise risk assessment. This online course will teach trainees how to perform a noise assessment, which will help to diminish this hazard from the workplace.
This noise risk assessment training aims to teach trainees how to perform an efficient and effective risk assessment for noise control at work. It also gives guidance on spotting the hazard and workplace policies and procedures relating to noise management.
This online training course requires no prior subject knowledge or certification to enroll. All that is required is an electronic device and a WiFi connection.
This programme will walk through how to spot this hazard and what risk controls can be used to manage the risk of noise.
This essentials of noise risk assessment course is designed for:
- Employees working machinery or work equipment causing excessive noise
On taking the course successfully participant will be able to get an understanding of:
- How to spot noise hazards
- Hazardous nature of the machinery, causing noise at work
- Common sense of observing the factors that can cause noise problems
- Practical control measures to manage noise risks at work
- Safety principles to eliminate noise hazards
This online course provides benefits to both employers and the employees
Choosing Human Focus for this workplace noise risk assessment training course offers the following benefits:
- Fully compliant with health and safety at work guidelines
- High-quality video programme with clear voice-over
- Interactive quizzes to support retention
Format: 100% online
Duration: 5+ minutes in length
- End of course knowledge test
Participants will be taken to the knowledge test upon undertaking the complete course. This is a pass or a fail evaluation that has multiple-choice questions. Trainees are required to score 80% or more to get the certificate.
IIRSM-approved certificate issued by Human Focus upon completion of training course.
A noise risk assessment is a process of recognising the causes of noise risks and how they affect workforces. It helps managers to decide what they need to do to ensure the health and safety of employees who are exposed to noise and what is obligatory to comply with the law.
A noise risk assessment must:
- Recognise where there may be a risk from noise
- Identify who is at risk
- Assess the level of potential noise exposure
By law, if noise is at or above 85 decibels then employers must provide hearing protection and hearing protection zones.
Other controls such as health surveillance may be required. Risk controls should be regularly monitored and assessed to ensure they are still effective.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) advises employers to follow the following five principles of risk assessment:
Step 1: Identify the Risks that May Cause Harm
Employers must evaluate the health and safety dangers faced by their employees and check for the possible hazards at work.
Step 2: Decide Who May be Harmed
Employers must identify which of their employees are at risk of being harmed within the organisation and how. This includes full time/part-time employees, contractors, visitors, and all other members
Step 3: Assess the Risks and Take Actions
Employers must consider how the hazard may create damage and whether they must diminish the risk.
Step 4: Make a Record of Findings
Employers with more than five employees must record the findings of their risk assessment. This includes the details of the dangers and which actions will control them.
Step 5: Review the Risk Assessment
The risk assessment must be regularly reviewed to ensure it is up to date and continues to manage the risks.
Noise at work can cause hearing damage that is lasting. Some of noise risks are:
- Hearing loss
- Physical or psychological stress
- Interference with communication or concentration
There is no set requirement for how often a noise risk assessment should be carried out. Regular noise surveys can help determine if there is any deterioration in the machinery that may increase the noise level. This means it’s recommended that a risk assessment should be carried out at least every two years.