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SAFETY SHARE - Equipment Noise

Posted on: Monday, 7 October 2019


SAFETY SHARE 

EQUIPMENT NOISE


EQUIPMENT NOISE 

There have been some inquiries around noise levels of machinery supplied by CablePrice. In most cases the noise level for the operator are well below the standard required in the Approved Code of Practice for the Management of Noise in the Workplace.

You must, so far as is reasonably practicable, make sure that your workers (or people that visit your workplace) are not exposed to noise levels that are:

  • equivalent to 85 decibels averaged over 8 hours, or
  • a peak noise level over 140 decibels.

HOW TO FIND THE INFORMATION  

Manufacturers specifications for noise are listed in the Operator’s Manual. This example if from the ZX135US-6

The LpA number is key figure as this is the noise level for the operator. Please note that as decibels are measured on a logarithmic scale (every 10 points is double) the at 69 dB(A) the operator is experiencing less than half the acceptable noise level of 85 dB(A). 

For used equipment or heavily modified equipment companies can establish the exposure by undertaking a noise test.

More Information: https://worksafe.govt.nz/dmsdocument/3984-noise-an-introduction