Workplace noise assessment

noise wave imageDo you have a noise problem at work?

Noise at work can and does cause temporary or permanent hearing loss. Awareness of this condition is growing fast, as shown by the significant rise in insurance claims for noise induced hearing loss (NIHL). This makes now a smart time to commission an expert noise assessment.

What is noise induced hearing loss?

People can experience temporary hearing loss after leaving a noisy place, while permanent hearing damage can be caused immediately by sudden, extremely loud, explosive noises. Occupational hearing loss is often gradual because of prolonged exposure to noise at work.

Corporate risks and responsibilities

noise iconThe Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 require employers to take action if daily or weekly exposure to noise is at or in excess of Exposure Action Levels. The most effective way to establish whether your workplace exceeds these levels, is to undertake a professional noise assessment.

Remember:

  • Noise can cause long-term damage to employees’ hearing.
  • The HSE estimates that there are 20,000 workers with work-related hearing problems in Great Britain.
  • There were 90 new claims for work-related deafness in 2016.

Scalable support from qualified noise consultants

We provide a range of scalable services delivered by qualified, competent noise consultants:

  1. Comprehensive workplace noise assessments and monitoring.
  2. Actionable advice on noise reduction measures.
  3. Assistance in updating noise policies.
  4. Expert, practical advice to setup noise control strategies and reduce exposure.
  5. Bespoke noise awareness training for your staff.

A noise assessment to meet your needs

Preliminary noise survey

noise gaugeA preliminary noise survey involves taking measurements throughout an area. This provides information that enables us to identify:

  • Areas where employees are likely to be exposed to harmful levels of noise.
  • Machines and equipment that generate harmful levels of noise.
  • Groups of employees who might be exposed to unacceptable noise levels.
  • Noise control options to reduce noise exposure.

A preliminary noise survey may be required if you have identified noise as a hazard in your workplace, but this is not necessarily the end of the process.

Further effort may be required including:

Detailed noise surveys

  • Assessing noise levels in specific areas.
  • Assessing exposure for people working with specific equipment.

Noise exposure surveys

  • Individual noise assessments.
  • Predictive noise exposure modelling.
  • Personal dosimetry.
  • Representative worst case monitoring.

Advice on hearing protection devices (HPDs)

noise protectorsHearing protection devices can reduce noise exposure levels, and the risk of hearing loss. If hearing protection is required, then a complete hearing conservation program should be implemented. Our qualified consultants’ expertise can prove particularly valuable in this scenario.