2 Identify areas/activities that may pose a risk to teachers’ vocal health
The principal and/or their delegate in consultation with the Health and Safety Representatives (HSR) and employees, must implement a risk management approach for identifying areas/activities that may pose a risk to teachers’ vocal health by identifying the hazards that may impact on teachers’ vocal health.
2.1 Environmental factors
Vocal health of teachers can be impacted on by a range of environmental factors such as:
- open plan classrooms
- areas with poor insulation from external noise (e.g. thin walls or partitions, poor fitting doors or windows)
- environments with floor, wall or ceiling surfaces which cause sound reverberation (i.e. hard surfaces such as lino, ceramic or vinyl tiles, concrete, timber)
- environments with high levels of background noise (internal or external)
- environments requiring teachers to talk or project their voice over large distances e.g. swimming pools, outdoor settings
The principal and/or their delegate must ensure that the hazards that may impact on teachers’ vocal health are recorded in the ‘Hazard type’ column of OHS Risk Register .
Chapter 2 of the Voice Care for Teachers Procedure on identifying factors that may impact on teachers' vocal health, including environmental factors
Reviewed 29 June 2020