Employers have a legal duty to protect employees from excessive noise levels within the workplace under the provisions of the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005. People working within high noise environments, can suffer a range of ill-health such as a temporary or permanent noise induced hearing loss, tinnitus and acoustic shock. A Noise at Work risk assessment is required, if any employee is likely to be exposed to daily noise levels at or above the lower exposure action value of 80 dB(A). Where noise levels vary on a daily basis, weekly noise exposure would be calculated instead.The action values and limits detailed in the regulations are shown in the table below.
|Deaily/Weekly Noise Exposure [dB(A)]||Deaily/Weekly Noise Exposure [dB(A)]|
|Insignificant Exposure||Less Than 80||Less Than 135|
|Lower Exposure Action (UEA) Values||80||135|
|Upper Exposure Action (UEA) Values||85||137|
|Exposure Limit (EL) Values||87||140|
We have a team of highly experienced noise consultants qualified to the Institute of Acoustics Diploma level and members of the British Occupational Hygiene Society. We have vast experience of carrying out Noise at Work assessments in multi sector industries such as logistics & distribution, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, foundries & forging industries, chemicals & metals, retail outlets, education, leisure, construction, waste recycling, food manufacture, housing, recruitment, aviation, vehicle manufacture and automotive supply chain.
Reducing noise by “technical and organisational measures” is the primary obligation under the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005. Within our assessments, we provide detailed advice on minimising employees noise exposure, which can include, workplace design and layout, reducing worker exposure through job rotation, or noise control measures achieved through acoustic screening, machinery design, isolation and absorption of noise. Calculation of suitable hearing protection is provided, where additional protection is required on top that achieved already achieved by noise control measures.
All assessments are carried out using the latest technology type I sound level meters and dosimeters with audible capabilities for capturing peak noise, all calibrated to current industry standards and guidance.