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Noise Surveys

Does your industry require your employees to work in loud, noisy environments?

In order to comply with HSE Legislation (control of noise at work regulations 2005) you could be required to carry out a workplace noise survey to assess the risk of noise to your employees.
Controlling Noise at work – do you need a noise survey?

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations apply to all industry sectors in Great Britain. The aim of an occupational noise survey is to assess the amount of noise or sound to which employees are exposed whilst in the workplace.

Do you have a noise problem in your workplace?

Hearing damage caused by exposure to noise at work is permanent and incurable.
Measuring noise levels and workers’ noise exposures is the most important part of a workplace hearing conservation and noise control program.

How noisy is your workplace?

If an employee is exposed to a typical daily or weekly noise level that exceeds 80dB(A), an occupational noise survey and risk assessment must be undertaken to comply with the Regulations. If typical daily or weekly noise levels exceed 85dB(A), hearing protection must be provided to employees and other important factors must be considered, for example, health screening and hearing tests.

How can we help you?

We can help you identify those areas, equipment items, and/or job classifications needing a more detailed sound survey as the noise levels may represent a hazard for the workers in the area.

Once the areas where potentially hazardous noise levels have been identified, we can carry out a detailed Sound Level Survey.

One method focuses on determining the noise exposure for a person for each of the tasks carried out during the day. This method is referred to as personal noise sampling or personal noise dosimetry.

The other method involves determining the noise levels over a work area or around each particular machine, an area or machinery noise survey. As part of this, we can:

  • Identify noise levels for all machines and components operating at 80dB(A) or above.
  • Identify hearing protection areas.
  • Identify noisy equipment or processes and advise how to reduce noise levels (engineering controls to combat the hazard at source)
  • Create a sound contour map (noise mapping)
  • Frequency analysis assessment, so we can advise on the suitability of hearing protection

Not only is it a legal requirement to complete a workplace noise survey, it also has numerous benefits including:
  • Reduced risk of costly fines
  • Ensures care of your workforce’s health and wellbeing
  • Prevents long-term sickness
  • Increased productivity
  • Peace of mind knowing you’re compliant with legal requirements

Our health and safety consultants have years of experience working with organisations of all sizes across a huge range of industries. We understand how important it is that your day to day operations are impacted as little as possible while undertaking assessments and surveys. Your dedicated expert will offer advice on practical easy to implement solutions and control measures, ensuring you stay compliant while looking after the health well-being of your staff.

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