Noise in the workplace affects not only employee hearing but also productivity and well being. Damage usually occurs gradually over several years due to prolonged exposure to high noise levels. It may go unrecognized until the noise-induced hearing becomes quite severe, resulting in partial or full deafness.
Element's experts have years of experience in carrying out on-site noise assessments. All assessments undertaken by our experts are qualified through the Institute of Acoustics and BOHS, in accordance with the UK HSE guidance L108 "Controlling Noise at Work."
How do you measure noise?
Noise assessment involves a series of measurements using specialist, calibrated equipment. Small hand-held sound level noise meters and small personal 'dosimeters' (DB meters) worn by exposed personnel are used to measure the intensity of the sound in decibels (dB) or dB(A) on individuals as they carry out work.
The technical reports we produce will help you identify your compliance with set noise limits and the Control of Noise at Work regulations. Our noise in the workplace assessment report includes:
- A description of the workplace, including the various working areas, activities are undertaken, and employees involved in the assessment
- Identifying areas where personal exposures exceed the lower or upper action exposure values
- Calculation of daily individual noise exposures (including peak exposure) of the employees
- Details of noise measurements taken during the assessment, a noise map (where appropriate), and identification of hearing protection zones.
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 requires all employers or operators to undertake a noise at work assessment if an employee is likely to be exposed to excessive levels of noise. Once completed, employers have to take appropriate action to reduce or eliminate the risks. Depending on the level of risk, all employers and operators should consider the following steps:
- Provide your employees with information, instruction, and training
- Provide employees with personal hearing protection
- Carry out regular health surveillance to monitor workers hearing ability
- Do not exceed the legal limits for noise exposure
- Produce a noise control action plan
Element offers training, gap analysis, and risk assessments to help you implement noise control measures in the workplace.
Please contact us if you have any questions about noise in the workplace or how we can support you in the process of compliance.
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