Noise awareness training services
The Noise Regs are very specific in what training has to be provided for employees our employee noise awareness training service can help you comply with this.
The training requirement applies to anyone who may experience daily noise exposures of 80 dB(A) and above - the lower of the two action levels.
As a trainer, The Noise Chap has delivered hundreds of courses over the years giving you an experienced trainer who can talk from the perspective of having spent many years conducting noise assessments in a huge variety of industries and also undertaking thousands of workplace audiometry hearing tests. (Although, given I am the one writing this, is saying 'he' to refer to myself in the third person a bit weird? Don't people who refer to themselves in the third person always end up as the serial killer on telly?). Anyway...
What is the employee noise awareness training course content?
What noise is
Before diving into the nuts and bolts of it all, some time is spent getting some key concepts about noise over to the enthralled attendees, in a rather chatty way using loads of examples. This means things like explaining that 0dB is not silence, that 3dB is doubling of the power of the noise which is important as it means 90dB(A) is twice as dangerous for them as an area at 87dB(A). Also a walk through common noise levels so they have something to relate to, hopefully giving it some meaning rather than it being just a load of random numbers. Time is spent in this part on non-occupational noise exposures as well as workplace ones so they get the idea that noise is a total exposure, not just something they get at work.
If the client can give us a copy of their noise assessment a week in advance we can modify this section for each specific course so it includes the noise levels in their workplace as part of the noise levels run-through.
Recognising when noise is dangerous
This gives them some rough and ready ideas of how they can identify when noise levels are getting too high and may start to have an impact on their hearing. This is one of the mandatory parts of the training in L108.
Anatomy of an ear
The Noise Regs require employees to be trained in the effect of noise on hearing, which can sound a bit dry but from experience this is one of the parts attendees really seem to perk up about and take in. Admittedly, that could be because as well as describing how the ear actually 'hears' we talk about real cases we have come across of how people have damaged their hearing and we've never met a group of people who don't enjoy a good 'oooo, noooooo!" collective wince. And it makes them remember it.
How noise damages hearing
While a section on anatomy followed by another explaining how noise damages hearing sounds utterly tedious on the surface, alongside the anatomy this is probably the part of the course attendees talk the most about afterwards.
The section starts off explaining how noise damages selective parts of hearing and how it develops and worsens, but the key bit is then a piece of music to which we have applied a series of filters to mimic developing hearing loss. This was created as it is hard for people to imagine the effects of hearing loss if they haven't suffered it themselves but this makes the deteriorating hearing stark, not just in terms of volume but in how 'mushy' sound gets with increasing noise-related losses.
The aim of this is dual-pronged, with the first intention being to turn all the theory into something they can actually hear and understand, and secondly to make them aware of the insidious nature of hearing loss and make them more aware of the risks, the impacts and hopefully, more compliant with the use of hearing protection at work.
Also the course then briefly talks about audiometry here as that is another mandatory part of the training, but it is kept brief as there is no benefit to them in wading through it in depth. Rather than talking about audiometry on its own, its done by mixing the audiometry parts in with examples of deteriorating hearing so they get the audiometry information without a dry 'this is a bit about audiometry' section.
The noise exposure limits and what happens at them
This picks up where the opening section left off, and again is a mandatory part of the training for compliance with the Noise Regs. Explains the key limits at work and what is required at each of them, which leads smooth as butter into...
Hearing protection and its use
This section, again a mandatory part, covers a few bits ranging from the dangers of removing hearing protection in a high noise area to talk to other people via a worked through example, the types of hearing protection available, plusses and minuses of each type, how to use it and how to maintain it.
There is then a summary of it all and a verbal Q&A to reiterate all the main parts.
Ideal attendee numbers per course are a max of 15 to 20.
Multiple courses are available in a day, covering shifts if needed. This reduces the overall equivalent cost per course quite nicely.
Noise awareness attendee sign-in records are maintained and given to the client after the session.
Noise awareness courses offered by The Noise Chap are available as bi-lingual courses, with them being offered in both English and Northern. "Now then lad, sit thee down as a've got fot tell thee about this 'ere noise gubbins".
Why our noise training is better than online or DVD training
With an online or DVD training session the employees get the same content, in the same standard way, every time, no matter what their specific circumstances are or whether they are taking parts of it in or not. With our noise training, the training is delivered by someone who has years and years of training experience but who also does noise assessments and audiometry, meaning they have the depth of knowledge to deal with any situation which arises or to answer any question and can tweak courses as needed to ensure maximum value on the day. If attendees ask questions time can be spent dealing with a situation which they are clearly interested in which can’t be done with online or DVD training.
Face to face training may be old-fashioned and a bit more expensive, but it is far and away the best value.
As an example, on a recent course the attendees wanted to know why noise-cancelling headphones can’t be used as hearing protection at work so the trainer diverted into this part at length and explained the logic behind it, also talking through the alternatives available to them. The result was they ended up perfectly happy with the reasoning and understood the issues and why their normal headphones couldn’t be used.