Occupational Noise Survey
Exposure to harmful noise levels at work can cause irreversible hearing damage.
This damage involves the loss of hearing ability over and above that which normally occurs as we grow older and may be compounded by Tinnitus (troublesome noises in the ear) and other effects such as disturbance, interference with communications and associated stress.
Damage is usually gradual due to prolonged exposure however instantaneous damage may occur if peak sound wave pressures are too great.
Noise exposure in the workplace is controlled through the Control of Noise at Work Regulations (2005) which supplements the general duties set out in the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974). They have been formulated to protect employees against risks arising from noise exposure and define specific obligations for employers to prevent employees suffering hearing damage at work.
The Noise Regulations set out the following Action Values;
Lower Exposure Action Value (daily noise exposure of above 80dB) Employees must be provided with hearing protection (voluntary use), information, instruction and training regarding the risks of noise exposure.
Upper Exposure Action Value (daily noise exposure of above 85dB) Employees must be provided with hearing protection (mandatory use), information, instruction and training regarding the risks of noise exposure and health surveillance (audiometry). Employers must also reduce noise exposure so far as is reasonably practical.
The noise regulations also require the employer to assess employees noise exposure at least once every 2 years or sooner if any changes are made to site.
Our experienced consultants use a combination of personal dosimetry and static background monitoring using a class 1 sound level meter to assess potential daily noise exposure. We will offer tailored advice on actions required to adhere to the Noise Regulations and how to reduce noise levels where applicable.
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