To ensure that our operatives are safe, and to provide them with the knowledge and education surrounding their own safety, we provided them with personal noise monitors to wear for a week at a time.
All operatives were able to wear the monitors regardless of if they were directly employed, a subcontractor or contracted agency worker. The noise monitor clips either onto the helmet or shoulder of a person and monitors the noise the operative is exposed to.
The personal noise monitors are collected on site part-way through the day and it is identified then if the operative has exceeded their noise dosage for the day, and the times when they were exposed to high levels of noise. When an operative is exposed to a high level of noise, they are asked about the activity causing the noise and what ear protection they were wearing, and recommendations can be made there and then as to how to improve their own safety.
Any worker found to be exposed to high noise levels and not wearing the correct ear protection is issued with hearing protection that provides the correct attenuation level during the onsite consultation. The operative is then shown exactly how to wear and use the ear protection to receive the most effective noise protection for the activity they are carrying out.
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