Over 170,000 people in the UK suffer from deafness, tinnitus and other ear conditions as a result of exposure to noise within the workplace.
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 places a duty on employers to ensure that noise exposure levels are reduced to meet the current exposure limits and a specific requirement is placed on employers to ensure health surveillance is conducted.
The aim of the Noise Regulations is to ensure that workers' hearing is protected from excessive noise at their place of work, which could cause them to lose their hearing and/or to suffer from tinnitus (permanent ringing in the ears).
The level at which employers must provide hearing protection and hearing protection zones is now 85 decibels (daily or weekly average exposure) and the level at which employers must assess the risk to workers' health and provide them with information and training is now 80 decibels.
ACTIONS AND ADVICE
The aim of a noise risk assessment is to identify those activities within a workplace that might give rise to daily exposure levels exceeding the lower action level. The workplace noise assessment is carried out in a systematic manor as to ensure that the noise levels have been measured within all relevant activities of a site.
Noise level measurements are gathered using a combination of static and personal readings that utilise a hand held sound meter and dosimeter badges. Recommendations are then formulated based on the readings obtained from both sets of measurement. For any particular activity the resultant recommendation will be either no action required, hearing protection must be provided or hearing protection is mandatory.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
We can work with you and your organisation to identify what workplace noise assessment or survey is needed to locate any noise hotspots. Our consultants can assess occupational noise exposure levels and identify where and when employees are exposed to excessive noise levels. We can provide noise mapping services locating areas where noise control may be required. Euro Environmental staff shall be happy to provide advice on suitable PPE and methods of protecting your employees from excessive noise exposure.
INTERESTED IN AN OCCUPATIONAL NOISE RISK ASSESSMENT?
If you need any further assistance or would like to know more please get in touch and we will get back to you as soon as we can.