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By on November 30, 2016

CMPA releases Noise Management Guideline

A new publication released by CMPA, providing support to members regarding Noise Management in the Workplace.

CMPA is pleased to announce the release of the Noise Management Guideline on 20 October 2016 which adds to the current collection of CMPA Guidelines (see www.cmpavic.asn.au for further information and purchase).  The Noise Management Guideline was developed using expert input from Graeme Campbell (SLR Consulting) and Ron Kerr (Conundrum Holdings) with David McKelvie (Safemix) as the author.  The Guideline was also reviewed by Earth Resources Regulation (DEDJTR) and the Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA).  This Guideline, together with the CMPA’s Work Safely Reference Manual aims to support members in meeting the requirements of the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 and the Victorian Environment Protection Act 1970. The CMPA endeavours to:

  • Provide members with appropriate management practices required to minimise potential health risks or environmental impacts associated with noise arising from construction materials industry operations.
  • Assist members in establishing and maintaining a Work Plan that defines operational activity so as to obtain an extractive industry Work Authority.

The Guideline’s scope covers the health risks and environmental impacts; and their associated controls from both a workplace and a community perspective. Topics include: introduction to noise including personal, community and environmental health; noise legislation (occupational health and safety and environmental legislation); noise monitoring and measurement discussed in terms of workplace noise and environmental noise; identification of noise hazards in quarries, sand plants and concrete plants; noise control – the hierarchy of control; administrative controls; and a noise management plan with a template in the appendix.

The Noise Management Plan Template has been designed to be completed by the company employee with company and site specific information in consultation with a qualified person.  There is also a handy section on definitions used in noise management.  A noise hazard identification sheet is provided to assist in the identification of noise hazards in the workplace. Regular inspections of the work place, talking to workers, and observing how tasks are carried out will assist in the identification of noise hazards.  It is important to identify where noise is being generated considering not just the plant but tasks or processes as well.

The Noise Management Guideline is written in a concise and simple style enabling it’s usage by all.

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