Millions of workers in different corners of the world are exposed to various risk factors at their workplaces. One of the most widespread inconveniences is connected with high rates of noise. This factor is not only unpleasant and stressful, but it can also be dangerous for health.
Very often noise becomes an issue of concern at industrial plants and factories. Peculiarities of the job demand from the employees to fulfill their tasks at a noisy room for the whole day. Sometimes their duties are connected with monotonous motion. Nevertheless, there are also jobs that demand high concentration. Another bright example of a noisy working environment is a workplace of a truck driver. It is very important that a driver dealing with the long-term distance transportation could be very accurate and focused. However, the working conditions of this kind usually include loud motor sounds and other noise. Such factors usually result in a number of problems.
The most important risk factor is a high probability of concentration loss. This can lead to lower productivity, as well as injuries and accidents. What is more, durable exposure to noise often causes hearing disorders, sometimes even total hearing loss. Besides, noise at work is proved to be a widespread cause for cardiovascular diseases. In addition, the workers are exposed to long-term stress. This can result in serious psychological problems and even mental affection.
Considering the risk factors of a noisy working environment, reasonable safety measures should be implemented at the enterprises. According to European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (2010), the best way to minimize risk is to eliminate the noise sources at workplaces. Due to the fact that such measures are not always possible, noise rate should be always controlled and minimized. In addition, a wide range of protective devices and silencing equipment may be used in order to improve the workplaces.