What Is Occupational Noise Monitoring?
Occupational noise has been a constant threat since the birth of industry and occupational noise monitoring needs to be carried out to ensure that workers’ hearing is protected from excessive noise at their place of work.
All UK Employers are required to assess the risks to its employee’s health and safety created by exposure to noise in the workplace.
One way of doing this is to carry out a workplace occupational noise monitoring survey. The results of this will aid the company in formulating its action plan to reduce exposures to noise, as required by regulations. These regulations state that companies are required to monitor noise levels in the workplace, and to take steps to prevent or reduce the exposure to noise risks.
Occupational Noise Monitoring Is A Legal Requirement
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 came into force and reduced the noise threshold at which occupational noise must be addressed in the workplace.
All employers who undertake work liable to expose any employees to noise at 80dB(A) or above a lower exposure action value must make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risk that noise poses to the health and safety of those employees. The risk assessment must also identify the measures needed in order to meet the requirements of the regulations by either eliminating or mitigating the exposure.
Why Is Occupational Noise Monitoring Important?
Too much noise exposure may cause a temporary change in hearing or a temporary ringing in your ears. These short-term problems usually go away within a few minutes or hours after leaving the affected area of noise. However, repeated exposures to loud noise from the day to day work in an affected environment can lead to permanent, incurable hearing loss, tinnitus or other health issues.
Hearing loss caused by exposure to noise at work continues to be a significant occupational disease. Recent research estimates that over 170,000 people in the UK suffer deafness, tinnitus or other ear conditions as a result of exposure to excessive noise at work.
How Are Noise Surveys Conducted?
Envirocare conducts UKAS accredited workplace noise assessments that include the 3 elements as required by The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005:
+ Static measurements to map and zone all significant noise sources
+ The measurement of personal exposure using dosemeters
+ Frequency analysis of major noise sources to determine the effectiveness of hearing protection provided.
Envirocare’s experienced consultants undertake static mapping to provide a colour coded diagram and measure personal exposure using dosemeters plus:
+ Comprehensive workplace noise monitoring assessments to current standards
+ A comprehensive report with the results and recommendations on reducing exposure
+ Assistance in updating noise policies
+ Practical expert advice to reduce exposure
+ Trained consultants to set up control strategies for exposure
+ Bespoke Noise awareness training for your staff.
Experts In Occupational Noise Monitoring and UKAS Noise Surveys
Envirocare have many years of experience in providing occupational noise monitoring services to enable compliance with the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005.
Our UKAS accreditation demonstrates that Envirocare complies with Health & Safety best practice and is compotent to deliver a consistently dependable, unbiased and accurate service. You can be reassured that our services meet the appropriate standard for testing employee exposure to workplace noise with the internationally recognised UKAS symbol.
Call us on 01274 738668 or fill out our Envirocare Enquiry Form for any queries regarding UKAS noise surveys, occupational noise monitoring, workplace noise regulations or any of our many other accredited Environmental and Occupational Hygiene services.
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