Noise is potentially health impairing sound - what does this mean for the employees?
Machine noise, bang, loud music, or disturbing speech sound may have adverse effects on the physical and mental well-being of human beings.
Noise is one of the most common hazards at the workplace. In Germany, approx. 5 million employees are exposed to noise levels endangering their hearing.
The most striking effects of noise include damage to the hearing (VDI 2058 sheet 2):
Pulse-type noise, tone-incorporating noise, and additional influencing factors at the workstation must be considered particularly. The latter include: vibrations, ototoxic agents, forced posture, and shift work that may increase the risk of hearing loss.
However, noise does not only cause hearing damage, it is a general hazard to the health. Hence, it makes working in all areas of the working life more difficult (production, service provision, office, etc., VDI 2058 sheet 3).
Noise may result in the following:
Please note: VDI 2058-2, -3 is available from the Beuth-Verlag.
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