As a Line Manager / Supervisor how do I know if I have a noise issue?
This will be identified within the Strategic Business Unit Risk profile, and any supporting workplace risk assessments. It will depend on how loud the noise is and how long you are exposed to it. As a simple guide Line Managers / Supervisors will probably have to do something about noise if any of the following apply:
Is the noise intrusive – like a busy street, a vacuum cleaner or a crowded restaurant – for most of the working day?
Do employees have to raise their voices to carry out normal conversation when about 2 metres apart for at least part of the working day?
Do employees use noisy powered tools or machinery for more than half an hour each day?
Do you work in a noisy industry, eg construction, demolition or road repair; woodworking; plastics processing; engineering; textile manufacture; general fabrication; forging, pressing or stamping; paper or board making; canning or bottling; foundries?
Are there noises due to impacts (such as hammering, drop forging, pneumatic impact tools etc), explosive sources such as cartridge-operated tools or detonators, or guns?