Regulation Of The Minister Of Economy And Labour Of 5 August 2005 On Safety And Health At Work-Related Exposure To Noise Or Mechanical Vibrations

Original Language Title: ROZPORZĄDZENIE MINISTRA GOSPODARKI I PRACY z dnia 5 sierpnia 2005 r. w sprawie bezpieczeństwa i higieny pracy przy pracach związanych z narażeniem na hałas lub drgania mechaniczne

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On the basis of article. 23715 § 1 of the Act of 26 June 1974-labour code (Journal of laws 1998, No 21, item 94., as amended. 3)) are managed as follows: § 1. The regulation sets out the requirements of the occupational safety and health on the work, during which, for reasons arising from the characteristics of the workplace, measures or work processes, you may experience harmful physical agents in the work environment in the form of noise or vibration.

§ 2. Used in Regulation shall mean: 1) mechanical vibration – vibration or shaking transmitted to human body by body parts having a direct contact with a vibrating object; as a factor harmful to health in the working environment occur in the form of vibration or vibration;

2) vibration local-mechanical vibrations acting on the human body and moved directly by the upper limbs;

3) General vibration-mechanical vibration of general action on the human body, submitted to the body as a whole by foot or body, in particular the pelvis or back;

4) specific risk groups – employees who on the basis of the provisions of labour law are subject to special protection of health, in particular pregnant women and young people;

5) noise – each unwanted sound, which can be disruptive or harmful to health or increase the risk of an accident at work;

6) exposure of individual-the actual level of employee exposure to noise or mechanical vibrations, after taking into account the attenuation obtained as a result of the application of personal protective equipment;

7) — machinery, plant, tools, instruments and other technical devices to perform work that can be a source of noise or vibration;

8) the value of the NDN-size limit values with noise or mechanical vibrations, laid down in the rules on maximum concentrations and intensities of factors harmful to health in the working environment, and for pregnant women and adolescents respectively in the provisions concerning the work of particularly onerous or harmful for women's health and by the provisions concerning the work of wzbronionych adolescents and their conditions of employment for some of this work;

9) threshold values – values that characterize the mechanical noise and vibration in the working environment (without taking into account the effects of the use of personal protective equipment), as set out in the annex to the regulation.

§ 3. 1. the employer shall be measured with noise or mechanical vibrations, and compares the results of these measurements with the values of the NDN and the values of the thresholds of the activity.

2. Mode, method, type and frequency of measurements referred to in paragraph 1. 1, how to register and store the results and sharing employees lay down rules on the examination and measurement of factors harmful to health in the working environment.

3. In the case of exceeding the threshold values for action the employer plans and take action to reduce risk.

§ 4. 1. the employer shall assess the risk associated with exposure of workers to noise or mechanical vibrations, arising from the characteristics of jobs and used in specific terms or work processes, with particular emphasis on: 1) level and kind of exposure, including exposure to impulsive noise or mechanical vibrations interrupted and repeated shocks;

2) duration of exposure, including working time, overtime and employer systems and schedules of working time;

3) values of the NDN and the value of the action thresholds for noise or mechanical vibrations;

4) implications for the health and safety of workers, including belonging to risk groups;

5) effects on workers ' health and safety resulting from interactions between noise and mechanical vibration;

6) information about the level of the emission of noise or mechanical vibrations, provided by the manufacturer of the equipment;

7) the existence of alternative means of work, designed to reduce the noise emission or mechanical vibrations;

8) information obtained as a result of preventive medical examinations of workers;

9) indirect effects on health and safety resulting from interactions between noise and safety signals or other sounds that you should observe in order to reduce the risk of an accident at work;

10) implications for the health and safety of the employee, resulting from interactions between noise and chemicals with harmful on the organ of hearing (dangerous substances), if this allows the State of medical and technical knowledge;

11) the availability of personal protective equipment against noise or mechanical vibrations with adequate attenuation characteristics.

12) indirect effects on health and safety, resulting from the impact of mechanical vibrations for work or place of work, such as disruption of stability or connectors, hampered the operation elements of control, irregularities in the selection of the measuring instrumentation readings;

13) impact of low temperatures and high humidity on workers exposed to mechanical vibrations, and particularly vibration.

2. Risk assessment referred to in paragraph 1. 1, should be documented in a manner accepted in your employer and made each time when there have been changes the conditions of work or if you need to verify the show results prophylactic medical examinations of employees.

§ 5. 1. the employer eliminates the risk associated with exposure to noise or mechanical vibrations or restricts them to the lowest level, taking account of available technical and scientific and technical progress.

2. on the basis of the risk assessment referred to in paragraph 4, after reaching or exceeding the working environment by size with: 1) noise-the value of the NDN, 2) mechanical vibration-threshold action, the employer shall establish and implement a programme of action for technical solutions aimed at reducing exposure to noise or mechanical vibration and adjusts these activities to the needs of the workers belonging to risk groups.

3. the programme referred to in paragraph 1. 2, should take into account, in particular, the activity of: 1) avoiding the processes or methods of work resulting in exposure to noise or mechanical vibrations and replacing them in other, less hazardous exposure;

2) matching equipment designed to perform specific work, properly designed in terms of ergonomic, with the lowest possible noise emission level or mechanical vibrations;

3) reducing exposure to noise or mechanical vibrations by technical means: a) in the case of noise by the use of sound insulation performances of enclosures, soundproof, silencers, sound-absorbing materials and insulating systems, screens and sound damping material, b) in the case of mechanical vibrations by the use of materials, elements and insulating systems and vibration damping in this depreciated seats, handles and glove anti-vibration systems;

4) workplace design and deployment of workstations in such a way that the insulation from noise sources or mechanical vibrations, and limiting the simultaneous interaction of multiple sources per employee;

5) maintenance of equipment, buildings, appliances and insulating systems and radio noise or mechanical vibrations and other collective protection measures;

6) providing information and training to instruct workers and safe handling measures;

7) limiting the time and level of exposure and the number of people exposed to noise or mechanical vibrations by a competent organisation of work, in particular the use of short-time or rest and rotation in the workplace.

§ 6. 1. where to avoid or eliminate the risk arising from exposure to noise is not possible by means of collective protection or work organisation, the employer shall: 1) provides the personal protection of hearing if the size characterizing noise in the work environment exceed the threshold values;

2) provides personal protection hearing and oversees the regularity of their use, if the size characterizing noise in the work environment to achieve or exceed the value of the NDN.

2. Personal protection hearing are selected in a way that eliminates the risk of damage to hearing or to reduce them to the lowest possible to achieve conditions level.

3. The provisions of paragraph 1. 1 shall not apply to: 1) where the proper use of protective hearing all the time would cause a greater risk to the health and safety of an employee than the abandonment of their use, in particular by: a) persons carrying out rescue in order to protect human life or health, security or the environment, fix or prevent disaster, b) leading automotive vehicles , agricultural tractors or self-propelled machines on public roads or road transport and communication in the workplace;


2) performed by the artists-performers of musical performances and entertainment.

§ 7. 1. the employer shall mean trademarks of safety of workplaces in which the size of characterizing noise in the work environment exceed the value of the NDN, and gives off a zone with such places and limited access to them, if this is technically feasible and the risks arising from exposure to noise shall justify such separation.

2. In the room reserved for the rest of the employee the noise level does not exceed the limit values laid down in the Polish Standard for administrative offices.

§ 8. In the case where the size characterizing the mechanical vibrations exceed the threshold values of the action and there is the need to protect against the cold and damp, the employer shall ensure that workers exposed to vibration protective clothing, and workers exposed to vibration-protective gloves.

§ 9. 1. individual Exposure to noise or mechanical vibrations do not exceed the value of the NDN.

2. In the case of individual exposure to noise or mechanical vibrations exceeding the value of the NDN, the employer: 1) shall take immediate action to reduce exposure below the individual NDN;

2) shall be the cause of the excessive exposure of an individual;

3) selects the safeguard measures and shall take preventive measures to avoid recurrence of individual exposure in excess of the value of the NDN.

§ 10. The employer provides employees exposed to noise or vibration of mechanical information and training relating to the results of the risk assessment referred to in paragraph 4, in particular with regard to: 1) the level of risk, the type of hazards and their potential effects;

2) measures necessary to eliminate or reduce the risk of, and the circumstances in which such measures should be applied;

3) values of the NDN and the value of the action thresholds for noise or mechanical vibrations;

4) results of studies and mechanical noise or vibration measurements, evaluation of their intensities and the kind of impact on the body and the possible impact on health;

5) causes of diseases caused by exposure to noise or mechanical vibrations on the body, their symptoms and how to detect and possible measures of medical prevention;

6) preventive health care, including medical check-ups of workers;

7) safe work, practices to minimise exposure to noise or mechanical vibrations;

8) correct use of personal protective equipment against noise or vibrations.

§ 11. [1] Regulation shall enter into force after the expiry of 7 days from the date of the notice.



Minister of economy and labour: with m. Ostrowska 1) the Minister of economy and labour directs Government Administration Department – work under § 1 para. 2 paragraph 2 of the regulation of the Prime Minister of 11 June 2004 on the detailed scope of the Minister of economy and labour (Journal of laws No. 134, item 1428).

2) the provisions of this Regulation implement the provisions of the directives of the European Parliament and of the Council: – 2002/44/EC of 25 June 2002 on the minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to the risks arising from physical agents (vibration) (sixteenth individual Directive within the meaning of article 16 (1) of Directive 89/391/EEC) (OJ. EC-L 177 of 6.07.2002)-2003/10/EC of 6 February 2003 on the minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to the risks arising from physical agents (noise) (Seventeenth individual Directive within the meaning of article 16 (1) of Directive 89/391/EEC) (OJ. EC-L 042 15.02.2003 with).

The data relating to the Declaration of the European Union, in this regulation, apply to the notice of those acts in the official journal of the European Union-Polish Special Edition.

3) Changes the consolidated text of the said Act were announced in the journal of laws of 1998, no. 106, item. 668 and # 113, item. 717, with 1999 No. 99, item. 1152, 2000 No 19, item. 239, no. 43, item. 489, no. 107, item. 1127 and No. 120, item. 1268, 2001 # 11. 84, no. 28, item. 301, no. 52, item. 538, No 99, item. 1075, no. 111, item. 1194, # 123, poz. 1354, no. 128, item. 1405 and # 154, poz. 1805, 2002 No. 74, item. 676, No 135, item. 1146, # 196, poz. 1660, # 199, item. 1673 and # 200. 1679, from 2003 No 166, item. 1608 and # 213. 2081, 2004, no. 96, item. 959, no. 99, item. 1001, no. 120, item. 1252 and # 240. 2407 and 2005 No. 10, item. 71, # 68, item. 610 and # 86. 732. Annex 1. [ACTION THRESHOLDS FOR THE SIZE OF CHARACTERIZING THE MECHANICAL NOISE AND VIBRATION IN THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT]

The annex to regulation of the Minister of economy and labour dated August 5, 2005 (1318) ACTION THRESHOLDS for the SIZE of CHARACTERIZING the MECHANICAL noise and vibration in the working environment 1. In the case of noise: 1) to the level of exposure to noise referenced to an 8-hour daily working time or the level of exposure to noise referenced to the work week – threshold value is 80 dB, 2) for peak sound level C – as action threshold value shall be the value of NDN of 135 dB.

2. in the case of mechanical vibrations: 1) if they are in the form of vibration: for daily exposure expressed as equivalent class for 8 hours of the sum of the weighted vibration acceleration frequency, effective vector, designated for the three components of the direction (ahwx, ahwy, ahwz)-the threshold of 2.5 m/s2;

2) if they are in the form of vibration: for daily exposure expressed as equivalent class for 8 hours of effective frequency weighted vibration acceleration, predominant among the vibration acceleration, designated for the three components of the direction taking into account the relevant factors (1, 4awx, 1, 4awy, awz) – threshold value is 0.5 m/s2.

[1] Regulation shall enter into force on 27 August 2005.

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