Requirement to Test / Survey
All UK Employers are required to assess the risks to its employee’s health and safety created by exposure to noise in the workplace. Whilst too much noise exposure may cause a temporary change in hearing, repeated exposures to loud noise from day to day work in a noisy environment can lead to permanent, incurable hearing loss or even tinnitus.
Hearing loss caused by exposure to noise at work is a significant occupational disease. With estimates in excess of over 170,000 people in the UK who suffer deafness, tinnitus or other ear conditions as a result of exposure to excessive noise at work.
Test / Survey Detail
An initial discussion and walk around survey will enable our noise consultant to determine the extent of testing required and the kind of monitoring equipment that will be employed and how the survey will be conducted. Also an indication of duration of the survey can now be established. Normally monitoring equipment will be a mixture of static noise meters and personal dose meters. The program will be designed to minimise disruption to any working process.
Test / Survey Duration
Survey duration will vary dependant on the size of the work place to be tested, accessibility for testing over different shift patterns if required, days or nights etc. A survey could typically be from half a day to 3 days duration. We try to conduct with as little disruption as possible to your routine and will normally conduct the testing and then analyse the data off site.
Conducting an onsite noise survey will enable employers to comply with The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005.
All employers who undertake work liable to expose employees to noise at or above a lower exposure action value must make a suitable assessment of the risk 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.
A detailed report of the noise survey will provide a comprehensive set of data results which will map and zone all significant noise areas and sources. The report will contain recommendations and highlight action that needs to be taken