The Company will ensure all Employee(s) work in an environment that is comfortable to work in. With this in mind, the following topics will be addressed and policies relating to each will be conducted:
A. Effects of Noise
Noise can be defined very simply as unwanted sound. Whether a sound is classified as noise or not depends mostly on personal preferences. For noise levels in offices, the most common effects are interference with speech communication, annoyance, and distraction from mental activities. Noise in the office can interfere with communications. For example, it may be difficult to talk on the telephone when other people are talking nearby. Speech is likely to interfere with communications especially if the speakers have similar voices.
The annoying effect of noise can decrease performance or increase errors in some task situations. If the task requires a great deal of mental concentration, noise can be detrimental to performance. Also, there is some indication that unexpected or unpredictable noise can have more of an effect than continuous or periodic noise. The annoyance caused by noise also depends on the individual.
Noise can also be distracting. A sudden noise can interrupt activity temporarily, such as when someone drops a heavy object.
B. Reducing Noise
Many unexpected noises cannot be controlled, as when someone accidentally drops something. For many of the annoying sounds in the office environment, the following measures are useful for reducing the level of noise or its effects:
•Select the quietest equipment if possible. When there is a choice between two or more products, sound levels should be included as a consideration for purchase and use.