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Noise Assessments and Monitoring

 

Noise assessments are required to be conducted at a workplace where noise hazards have been identified as a workplace hazard. Noise assessments should be conducted in accordance with AS/NZS 1269 – 2005 Occupational Noise Management and the relevant state or territory occupational health and safety legislation. Noise assessments can range from a preliminary investigation targeting specific known noisy areas within the workplace to a full detailed noise assessment which measures all areas throughout the workplace.

Noise assessments are conducted throughout the entire property/work place using specialised equipment called sound level meters. Noise monitoring can also be conducted on employees that work in noisy areas to determine their personal exposure using sampling equipment called dosimeters or personal sound exposure meters.

Workers’ noise exposure cannot exceed more than 85 dB(A) over an 8 hour shift of work. If workers are required to work in an area which has been identified as having noise levels exceeding 85 dB(A) then a Noise Management Plan is required to be developed.  This Management Plan documents the existing and proposal control measures to minimise workers’ noise exposure. It is very important for business to conduct follow-up noise assessments after all controls have been implemented to determine whether the controls in place are satisfactory.

Prensa has an experienced and qualified team of consultants who are members of the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH) who are qualified to undertake general noise assessments through a workplace including workers personal exposure and to provide the most appropriate advice and recommendations tailored to individual sites and large portfolios with noisy work areas.