Does your work environment produce more than 80dB of noise? Would you even know where to begin checking for noise levels?
Well, you need to. The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 ("The Noise Regulations") stipulate:
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.
There is also an exposure limit value of 87 decibels, taking account of any reduction in exposure provided by hearing protection, above which workers must not be exposed.
In short, you must assess the hearing of employees in environments likely to produce > 80dB and take action at 85dB.
To meet these regulations you may need:
We can test and identify areas in your workplace where you need to protect your workers. Using specialist audiometry equipment, we can assess and effectively manage safe workplace noise levels.
The daily rate for a noise assessment is £475 pro rata. That includes a report based on our findings.
Prior to performing the noise assessment we'll either discuss your situation over the phone or on a site visit. This makes sure that the time you pay for is spent actually resolving your issue.
That issue you may have identified yourself. Excessive noise or someone suddenly losing their hearing are often obvious pointers. Or you may have been told to conduct a noise assessment by the HSE.
Either way, we can identify problem areas and advise on testing and monitoring moving forward.
Please call 0121 601 4041 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a call or a site visit to begin getting your noise levels under control.
Need to dig deeper into the legal requirements and control methods of workplace noise? Here are a few HSE resources to help you start as you mean to go on:
Please call 0121 601 4041 or email email@example.com for more information about our Noise Assessments