All over the world, people, businesses, and governments will commemorate the 22nd Annual International Noise Awareness Day (INAD) tomorrow, Wednesday April 26, 2017. This yearly event was founded by the Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC) back in 1996 to encourage people to act about bothersome noise where they work, live, and play.
William H. Stewart, former U.S. Surgeon General is quoted to have said that: “calling noise a nuisance is like calling smog an inconvenience. Noise must be considered a hazard to the health of people everywhere.”
Pulsar Instruments exist to provide safety professionals with expertise and instrumentation to measure noise levels generated at work in order to remain with the legal limits. Part of their role also involve raising the awareness of employers’ duties under the noise legislation to minimise the risk of legal action.
If left uncontrolled, noise at work or in leisure activities will be detrimental to both health and safety over time. Noise does not always result in hearing loss but it will have a negative impact on your life as you may experience one or many of the following conditions at some point or another:
- Loss of concentration
- Tension and headaches
- High blood pressure
- Insomnia, tiredness and stress
- Social isolation
However, it does not have to be this way as with the right monitoring and controls, harm can be prevented.
Why raise the awareness of unwanted noise at work?
Pulsar Instruments have long been discussing the dangers presented by workplace noise and the noise controls and monitoring options available to safeguard the hearing of the workforce. As such, we are delighted to lend our support to this 22nd International Noise Awareness Day.
Noise at work can be, and should be, controlled. If you are an employer, you should not ignore or underestimate the harm a noisy environment can cause to your workforce in both the short and long terms. In the UK and around the world, noise is strictly regulated. Legislation exists and specifies mandatory action levels at which the hearing of employees must be protected.
If you are unsure about these levels, simply Download our FREE guide for employers here to learn the 5 Steps to controlling workplace noise
Pulsar can help
Our team will be happy to advise you how the legislation applies to you and how to prevent your business from being sued for noise-induced hearing loss. We provide advice to our customers on the different types of products available from us to measure noise accurately and how to apply any measurements to the current noise legislation. We also deliver noise awareness training on noise legislation and controls.
How will you raise awareness of unwanted noise this 22nd International Noise Awareness Day?
Contact us via the website or by ringing 01723 518011.