Workplace Noise Assessment
Exposure to high noise levels will cause noise
induced hearing loss or conditions such as tinnitus.
The damage to hearing is slow, painless and permanent. If you
have to raise your voice to be heard by someone about 2 meters
away, the noise level is probably excessive and a risk assessment
should be undertaken by a competent person. Our consultants
are able to carry out the noise risk assessment and can identify
practical solutions to your problems.
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations
The new Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 came
into force on 6th April 2006, replacing the Noise at Work Regulations
1989 and introducing lower noise exposure action limits and values. The
aim of the new regulations is to ensure that workers are protected
from excessive noise levels by controlling exposure The existing
action levels were both be reduced by 5dB(A) and replaced by action
values of 80dB(A) and 85dB(A) respectively.
Lower Exposure Action Value:
Employers must provide information and training, and undertake
a risk assessment where a daily or weekly employee exposure of
80dB(A) is exceeded.
Upper Exposure Action Value:
Hearing protection must be provided and hearing protection zones
identified when workers exceed a daily or weekly exposure of
Exposure Limit Value:
There is also a limit of 87dB(A) above which workers must not be
exposed. This takes account of any reduction in exposure due
to the provision of hearing protection
Noise Risk Assessment
Noise induced hearing loss can be caused by
either a sustained exposure to excessive noise levels or high
impulses of noise, which can cause instant damage. Therefore,
measurements are taken which assess the average ‘noise
dose’ an individual is subjected
to throughout the day and also any ‘peaks’ of noise
which could result in instant hearing damage.
Noise levels measurements are undertaken using an integrating data
logging sound level meter or dosemeter worn by an employee for the
duration of the working shift. Noise levels are recorded over a period
of time in order to assess the personal noise dosage levels. Measurements
are included in a report to the client in graphical form, along with
recommendations for noise exposure control.
How ALS can help
We can undertake personal noise dosage monitoring and all work
ranging from simple noise risk assessments of individual processes
or machinery, through to full noise surveys. In every case you
will receive a full written report together with recommendations
in accordance with the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005.
If you feel that you may need a noise risk assessment within your
workplace, ring us for an informal chat. This will help us to understand
the issues within your workplace and enable us to suggest an assessment
This and many more of our services can be called
upon as and when you need them via our > Appointed
Safety Advisor Service.
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