This Safe Work Practice (SWP) will provide YG employees with a set of guidelines or “Do’s and Don’ts” that have been developed to mitigate hazards associated with this work task, as identified through your workplace hazard identification process. All YG employees performing this work task are required to be trained, knowledgeable and competent.
a) Be aware of the noise you create in the workplace and the distraction it may cause others trying to work, this is especially important as more offices become open
b) Keep ring tones on phone(s) to an appropriate level
c) Reduce the volume on computers to an appropriate level
d) Use headsets when listening to the radio or computer
e) For extended conversations in open spaces, consider moving to an area where it will not affect others
f) If exposed to elevated noise levels in your workplace (i.e., running machinery) protect yourself with personal protective equipment
g) Should noise levels in the immediate area be a problem, inform your supervisor and/or the Health and Safety Rep/Committee
Noise is defined as unwanted sound, which can originate from various sources and levels within the workplace.
Levels of noise may contribute to lack of concentration for others, headaches and could interfere with communication with others.
OH&S Act –Safety Committees, Representatives and Officers [s. 12 (9)(b)]
OH&S Regulations – Occupational Health Regulations s.4: Noise Control