Noise awareness training will provide your employees with sufficient information to enable them to understand the health risks posed when working with high levels of noise in the workplace.
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 (CNWR 2005) state that employers and the self-employed must protect workers against the risks to health and safety from noise at work. These regulations apply where work activities present risks to the health and safety of both employees and other workers.
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Why is this training important?
Exposure to excessive noise at work can have acute and chronic effects on workers’ hearing. Often the effects of noise are unknown at the time when the person is exposed and the damage only presents itself later on, which can result in hearing loss or tinnitus (ringing, whistling, buzzing or humming in the ears, which can lead to sleep loss and affect everyday life). Hearing loss can be gradual, where a worker is exposed to noise over time, or it can be caused by a single, sudden and extremely loud noise.
As well as damaging workers’ hearing, noise at work can make communication between staff difficult, and can impede communications systems such as radios, tannoys and warning alarms. It can reduce workers’ awareness of their surroundings, making accidents more likely
What modules are offered in the training?
The training material is presented over seven separate modules, covering key aspects of the noise exposure in the workplace. The modules are:
- Module 1: Noise in the Workplace
This module will give a brief overview of the course and some of the key learning that will be covered. It will emphasise how dangerous noise can be in the workplace and the controls that are available. Hearing loss caused at work is preventable, but once hearing has gone it will not come back. These concepts will be expanded on throughout this module.
- Module 2: Legislation
There are specific Regulations covering the control of noise within the workplace and this module will look at the key areas within the Regulations as it relates to employee exposure and protection. Key responsibilities of the employer to:
- take action to reduce the noise exposure in the workplace;
- make sure that legal limits on noise exposure are not exceeded;
- maintain and monitor the use of equipment they provide to control noise risk;
- maintain and enforce mandatory hearing protection zones;
- provide employees with information, instruction and training on noise safety;
- carry out health surveillance will be covered.
- Module 3: Health Risk Associated with Exposure to Noise
This module will cover the health risks posed by excessive noise levels within the workplace. It will look at the difference between temporary and permanent hearing loss and how these are caused and prevented.
- Module 4: Action Plans
This module will look at the importance of the role played by action plans in devising effective protection against high noise levels.
- Module 5: Prioritising Controls in the Workplace
Controlling noise exposure in the workplace is a key requirement of the noise at work Regulations, but there might be several controls that can be used and therefore these controls will need to be prioritised. This module looks at how using the hierarchy of controls methodology can effectively control levels of noise in the workplace. The hierarchy will cover:
- Workplace Design
- Engineering Controls
- Administrative Controls
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Module 6: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
This module will not only look at hearing protection but other PPE as applicable when working in a noise environment.
- Module 7: Information and Health Surveillance
The final module will cover the importance of providing employees with sufficient information related to their exposure to noise in the workplace and health surveillance programs. Lower and upper action values will be explained and when health surveillance will be required.
How much is the noise awareness training?
The training course costs £35 per person/licence and can be ordered directly from here.
If you need to provide this training to more than 25 employees, then the following discounts will apply:
5% discount for orders of 25+ courses
7.5% discount for orders of 50+ courses
10% discount for all orders over 100 courses.
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