What is Noise? How does one differentiate between wanted sounds and unwanted noise? What do we define as music to our ears, and what should we try to avoid?
Noise is an aspect of sound that can become unbearable if it goes beyond a particular level. In industries, it is becoming a severer concern than ever before. Noise pollution is not only directed to those working in the industries only, but also to the people who live in close accommodations next to the industrial facilities. Psychology Today reports that the number one cause for hearing loss is not age, but it’s exposure to exceeding levels of noise. The elderly are at an even higher risk of further hearing damage caused by noise pollution.
At work, where you require a healthy environment to focus and perform, noise can destroy it in a matter of moments.
Therefore, standards have been set and guidelines created to know the level of noise that is healthily tolerable for the human ears as you work alongside it. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health endorses industrial sounds below 85 dBA to reduce the possibility of hearing loss caused by industrial noise.
Through this whitepaper, a profound emphasis is given to understanding:
- Noise and its context concerning employees in industries and impacts on the public;
- How exceeding noise can have a lasting impact on hearing;
- Measures towards noise reduction at the industrial level;
- Tips for industry workers and employers to ensure maximum protection of employees;
- Guidelines on overcoming noise hazards in our surroundings.