Your personal guide to hearing protection.
Management of hearing protection and its use.
Noise rules require: providing hearing protectors with workers and making sure they use them completely and correctly when their exposure to noise exceeds the higher exposure action values; provide hearing protection workers, if requested, and their exposure to noise is between the lower and upper exposure action values; to define auditory protection zones: in work areas where access is restricted and where hearing protection is required.
To ensure that the protection is completely worn out (as long as it is necessary) and that it is properly (mounted or installed correctly), you will need maintenance and training systems. Also consider using on-site inspections and audits. Choose the appropriate hearing protections.
When choosing hearing protectors for employees, you should consider the following: choose the appropriate protection factor to eliminate the dangers of noise, but not so much protection for the user to isolate himself; consider work and work environments, such as physical activity, comfort and hygiene; Compatibility with other protective equipment such as helmets, masks and eye protection. You should only supply hearing protectors with the CE mark.
You should consult with employees and their representatives about the types of protection provided. You have a duty to keep your hearing protected so that it works effectively. Factors that affect the level of protection, such as headband tension and seal status, should be verified as part of your maintenance system. Employees must report any defect in hearing protection. They must explain this obligation, as well as the deficiencies that are part of their training. Information, training and training. the staff must be trained to understand the risks they may face and their responsibilities and responsibilities.
If they are exceeded by a lower operating value, you should at least tell them: the expected noise and the risk of it happening; what you do to control risks and positions; where and how to get hearing protection; how to identify and report defects in noise control and hearing protection equipment; What are your responsibilities under the noise rules? what they must do to reduce the risk, such as the correct way to use noise control and hearing protection equipment; your health systems. Workers and safety representatives: consultation with safety representatives appointed by unions or other employee representatives is a legal requirement.
Talk with you about your risk assessment and plans to control your risk, including suggestions for the average weekly exposure, hearing protection options, and a health care program. Health care Provide medical care. All of your employees, who can often be above exposure values, or have some reason, such as hearing loss or are particularly susceptible to damage.
Consult your union representative or employee representative and relevant personnel before beginning medical care. Medical care usually means regular hearing exams that are performed every year during the first two years of survival, and then every three years (although this may be more frequent if hearing problems are detected or if the risk of hearing damage is high) . ). Hearing tests must be done by a person with adequate training.
An appropriate physician, nurse or audiologist should review the results and ensure that workers with hearing impairments or with rapid hearing loss are referred to the next doctor. You should get results, including information about the ability of employees to continue working in noisy environments. However, you must receive information about any hearing impairment that a person has if the employee has consented. You should also see anonymous and grouped medical information that should be available to employees or safety representatives.
If you identify any hearing impairment due to noise, you should prevent the person from continuing to suffer damage, taking into account the medical assistance you receive to stay in shape. Depending on the individual and grouped information, you should consider what steps you should take; this should include reviewing your risk assessment, any control you have and your medical care procedures.