How Loud Does It Need To Be?
|EFFECT ON PEOPLE
|SOUND LEVEL (in dBA)
|Aust General Standard for 8 hrs
|Good “listen to” music level at home
|Quiet radio music
|Quiet urban room
What are the danger signals?
- Do you have to shout to be heard at work?
- Is your hearing dulled after work?
- Do you have ringing in the ears?
- Do you have trouble following a conversation in a crowded place?
- Have your friends or family complained that you have the TV or radio turned up too loudly?
What can you do?
Look for the danger signals
If you think there is a sound level problem at your club, then you need to find out the average sound levels during the loudest, high energy classes. After all, every fitness instructor shares with club management the duty of care not to give themselves or their members hearing damage!
Check the sound levels in each club studio
The NSW WorkCover Code of Practice for Noise Management and Protection of Hearing at Work states that a noise assessment should be done in all workplaces where employees may be exposed to noise exceeding the standards set by the regulatory authorities. Sound levels can also be monitored to an 94dBA peak by using a visual aid panel like the Fitness Audio Loudness Monitor - The Trigger. Mount it in the studio where everyone can see it working. It soon becomes a self regulating aid to the instructor and the club. In common use areas, where music is on all the time, the level should at a maximum of 85dBA.
Club management, WorkCover inspectors or an external consultant can perform a noise assessment. If you feel it needs to be done then you should request management conduct an assessment. Get involved, see how the survey is conducted and ask for a copy of the results.
As an alternative, a SoundEar Monitoring panel can produce a 30 day hourly sound level graph for a reasonable cost.
Go for Quality Sound
Make sure the sound systems you have in the club are good enough and powerful enough to do the job. The speakers can deliver the legal sound level without any excessive distortion. Dampen down room echo and reflections wherever possible. Use acoustic panels made from foam rubber or rockwool filled frames. Get the ceiling sprayed with a special sound absorbing finish. Clean up your act - more amplifier power is better than not enough. Clean power always sounds better than dirty power!
National Occupational Health and Safety Commission (phone 132 447)
National Standard for Occupational Noise NOHSC:1007:(2000). The National Code of Practice for Noise Management and Protection of Hearing at Work NOHSC:2009(2000)
Core Training Elements for the National Standard for Occupational Noise
NSW WorkCover Authority (Publications Order Line 131 050)
Code of Practice for Noise Management and Protection of Hearing at Work May 1996
This blog by John Penhallow of Aeromic Microphones Australia. AMA are the importers of The Trigger and The Gov^nor Sound Limiter by Fitness Audio. AMA is also a reseller of the SoundEar line of noise measuring devices from Denmark. https://fitnessaudioshop.com.au/collections/loudness-monitoring
For more information please contact Andrew or John on 02 83991052 or email to: email@example.com Information included in the above provided by Australian Hearing: www.hearing.com.au