Noise Action Week
14th May, 2009
As part of Noise Action Week Stage Electrics will be carrying out noise at work risk assessments at their Bristol HQ using the SPLnet noise monitoring equipment. In addition, a staff competition is being run to raise awareness of the impacts of noise and the simple measures that can be taken to prevent noise problems.
Noise Action Week is a national campaign which aims to promote practical solutions to everyday noise issues.
Liz Brathwaite, health and safety manager at Stage Electrics comments: 'The effects of occupational deafness and hearing damage are devastating especially in the entertainment industry where hearing sound accurately at different frequencies is an integral part of any audio set-up. Stage Electrics is committed to completing a full and thorough programme of noise assessments and I am looking forward to using the SPLnet monitoring equipment to provide some baseline data for some of our high risk working areas.'
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 now applies fully to the entertainment sector and all employers have a duty to:
- Assess risks to employees from noise at work
- Take action to reduce exposure
- Provide hearing protection if noise exposure cannot be reduced enough
- Make sure legal limits on noise exposure are not exceeded
- Provide information, instruction and training and carry out health surveillance where there is a risk to staff
Noise Action Week marks the start of the noise action programme for the year where Stage Electrics will encourage all staff to:
- Consider the noise they make and the effect it has on others
- Consider the noises that disturb them
- Use practical solutions to reduce noise at work