The objective of the workshop was to demonstrate how occupational health professionals can best link the results of the noise risk assessments they carry out to best practice in engineering noise control to reduce hearing damage risk dramatically.
As recent HSE research has proved that hearing protection as currently used is not effective across a very large proportion of industry, the only way to guarantee the protection of exposed personnel is to reduce noise levels.
Whilst this is not always practical, occupational health specialists are generally unaware of the noise control technology now available that not only reduces noise risk at a fraction of the cost of conventional measures, but, oxymoronically, is surprisingly often self-financing as it reduces the requirement for PPE - and can actually improve productivity.
The workshop provides a detailed guide to the best way to modify the noise risk assessment process slightly so that professionals without engineering expertise can generate the information required for a preliminary evaluation of the noise control options and benefits. It also provides supporting material in the form of a host of multimedia case studies.