22 April 2016
Noise Regulations act as a safety net due to noise being a common issue in most industrial environments we carry out work in, whether it be the hum of a production line in a printing works or the short, sharp noise of a hammer hitting a metal unit when fabricating a container in a welding workshop.
Regular exposure to these noises over time can result in noise induced hearing loss. On top of the inability to hear, noise induced hearing loss can affect a person’s mental and physical health – causing social isolation and not been able to hear nearby hazards in both the industrial and living environments.
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 set employers a number of obligations to protect their workers. Where there is chance of noise levels been exceeded. Employers are obliged to:
The noise risk assessment should establish whether the Exposure Action Values are likely to be exceeded, and where it is exceeded; there should be evidence of an action plan for controlling the risks and compliance with UK noise regulations. Failure to control noise hazards, can result in formal enforcement from the Health and Safety Executive.
A noise risk assessment should be carried out by a competent person, and should include:
Envirocare have over 20 years experience as a company in providing information, noise regulations guidance and occupational noise monitoring services to enable compliance with the Control of Noise At Work Regulations 2005.
Envirocare are still one of the only occupational hygiene consultancies in the UK to be UKAS accredited for the monitoring of both Dust and Noise. Demonstrating that Envirocare complies with Health & Safety best practice and is competent to deliver a consistently dependable, unbiased and accurate service. Holding the internationally recognised UKAS accreditation proves that the holders services meet the appropriate standard for testing employee exposure to workplace noise in the UK.
Envirocare also have many years of experience in providing Audiometric Services to enable compliance with The Noise at Work Regulations 2005.
Call us on 01274 738668 or fill out our Envirocare Enquiry Form for any queries regarding noise regulations, workplace noise levels, noise exposure, noise risk assessments, UKAS Noise Surveys or any of our many other accredited Environmental and Occupational Hygiene services.