Action and protection from noise at work

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 (the ‘Noise Regulations’) requires operators to eliminate or reduce risks to health and safety from noise at work.

Depending on the level of risk, you should:

  • take action to reduce the noise exposure,
  • provide your employees with personal hearing protection.

Other duties under the Regulations include the need to:

  • make sure the legal limits on noise exposure are not exceeded,
  • maintain and ensure the use of equipment you provide to control noise risks,
  • provide your employees with information, instruction and training,
  • carry out health surveillance (monitor workers’ hearing ability).

Daily personal noise exposure (LEP,d)

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations apply where work activities expose people at work (your employees or other workers affected by your work activities) to risks to their health and safety from noise.

Operators are required to make a reliable, representative estimate of your workers’ daily personal noise exposure. Daily personal noise exposure, or LEP,d, represents a daily noise ‘dose’ – a combination of ‘how loud’ and ‘how long exposed’ for the various sources that a person is exposed to in a working day, together with the peak sound pressure levels, LCpeak, to which workers are exposed.

This involves taking measurements in the workplace by “a trained and competent person” to assess the risk to hearing of employees whose work is liable to expose them to noise at, or above, a lower exposure action level, and to determine their exposure.

Measured with expertise and accuracy

Exova use the latest calibrated noise meters, able to measure third octaves, to accurately measure noise at fixed points within the installation, or areas where operators would typically work. Dosimeters, can continuously monitor an individual’s exposure to noise, and provide an assessment of their actual daily personal exposure.

The technical report provided will identify areas for noise control, suitable hearing protection, if necessary, and a noise control plan.