Occupational noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is a significant compensatable industrial health matter in Australia which results in substantial economic costs.
Exposure to excessive noise also entails largely unrecognised costs to organisations due to increased employee turnover and absenteeism, lowered performance and potential accidents.
In addition to the economic cost for employers, NIHL imposes a burden on health and social services, and the Australian economy as a whole.
The national standard for exposure to noise in the occupational environment is an eight-hour equivalent continuous A-weighted sound pressure level of LAeq,8hour, 85dBA.
For peak noise, the national standard is a C-weighted peak sound pressure level of LC,peak 140dBC.
Acoustics Consultants Australia can assist with occupational noise assessments for a variety of industries.