The regulations set maximum noise limits for machinery spaces, control rooms, workshops, accommodation and other spaces on board ships.
The Videotel course uses documentary footage, graphics and reconstructions to encourage seafarers to take precautions against Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) and vibration-related health risks.
NIHL is permanent and cannot be cured. When the degree of hearing loss reaches the point where a hearing aid is required, the seafarer may no longer be able to work on board ship, except perhaps in the galley. Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome and Whole Body Vibration Syndrome can be extremely painful and cause long-lasting distress.
Available as an interactive CD-ROM, Videotel On Demand (VOD) and a DVD with supporting workbook, the course sets out the sound levels that seafarers can safely be exposed to and emphasises the importance of wearing ear protection and of following company procedures for working safely with hand-held vibrating equipment.
“Noise and vibration controls are an essential part of good practice in the onshore workplace,” said Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel.
“Research shows that noise and vibration can affect human behaviour and well-being in different ways. Even moderate noise and vibration can not only effect comfort but with increasing exposure can lead to a severe drop in performance in the workplace.”
“Yet many seafarers are often unaware of the health implications following excessive experience of these hazards,” he adds. “Often the consequences are felt only gradually, passing unnoticed until the individual realises they are having difficulty hearing, or are suffering impairment of fine motor skills.”