It is important to remember that exposure to noise in the workplace can cause permanent hearing damage and Network Rail employees continue to be identified as suffering some level of hearing loss. We therefore need to aim to eliminate or reduce risk to noise at work in order to meet The Control of Noise at Work Regulations (2005); this includes putting in place measures which reduce exposure and providing your employees with personal protection equipment (PPE).
As a line manager you will need to know which of your employees are at risk of exposure excessive to noise and have an estimate of levels of employees’ exposures. The type of work carried out will, how employees do their work and how it may vary from day to day will all affect exposure levels. This will assist you in being able to identify how to reduce noise exposure. In addition, you will need to determine if Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required and when health surveillance is needed.
As a manager, you have a legal obligation under the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) to ensure that the health of your people is not adversely affected by the work tasks they are asked to complete. In planning work it is essential to consider elimination of exposure to noise as the most important control measure.