Measurement and Control of Noise at Work
The 2005 regulations require that where noise levels exceed 80 dB(A) a noise assessment will be needed. Where noise levels within areas exceed 85 dB(A) then hearing protection zones will be required and health surveillance is mandatory where an employee is regularly exposed to levels above 85dB(A).
HSE research estimates that 170,000 people in the UK suffer from deafness, tinnitus or other ear conditions as a result of exposure to excessive noise at work and that about one million people are exposed to potentially hazardous noise at work. Noise-induced hearing loss is usually gradual and is irreversible, but completely preventable.
How we can help
Huw Wilkins Associates Limited has a great deal of experience in assisting companies in managing exposure to noise in the workplace. Noise assessments should include an evaluation of employees personal noise exposure over their working day (LEP.d) and not just a measure of noise levels in a given area.
Huw Wilkins Associates Limited can help manage exposure to noise in the workplace by:
- Assessing occupational noise exposure for individuals and groups by undertaking personal noise dosimetry for employees, to ascertain their individual noise exposure over a typical shift
- Identifying where employees are exposed to excessive levels of occupational noise
- Producing "noise maps" highlighting areas where occupational noise may require control
- Providing practical noise control engineering advice
- Assessing the suitability of hearing protection and providing best advice on protecting employees from excessive noise exposure
- Assessing whether your employees require health surveillance
- Supplying information and training to staff on the effects of noise and noise induced hearing loss
If you would like to find out how you can manage noise exposure in your workplace, please contact Huw Wilkins Associates today to arrange a Noise Assessment survey.