Noise At Work

Health and Safety Executive Guidance on Preventing Work Place Hearing Damage.

Who is at Risk?

What assessment is required in order to scope who is at risk?

What the Law Says

What The Control of Noise at Work Regulations tell us about work place noise exposure.

How to Protect Your Staff

Once the level of risk is established, how do we mitigate in order to protect employees?

Work place layout can play a part in interrupting noise propagation through the use of natural screening.

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 came into force for all industry sectors in Great Britain on 6 April 2006, 2 years prior to enforcement within the music and entertainment sectors. The aim of the Regulations is to ensure that workers’ hearing is protected from excessive noise at their place of work. It has been demonstrated that excessive exposure to high noise level will increase the prevalence of hearing loss and/or tinnitus.

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What Does the Law Say?

The relevant action levels, as displayed within the 2005 Control of Noise at Work Regulations are as follows:

The lower exposure action values are:

(a) a daily or weekly personal noise exposure of 80 dB (A-weighted); and
(b) a peak sound pressure of 135 dB (C-weighted).

The upper exposure action values are:

(a) a daily or weekly personal noise exposure of 85 dB (A-weighted); and
(b) a peak sound pressure of 137 dB (C-weighted).

The exposure limit values are:

(a) a daily or weekly personal noise exposure of 87 dB (A-weighted); and
(b) a peak sound pressure of 140 dB (C-weighted).

As can be seen above, the level at which employers must provide hearing protection and hearing protection zones is a daily or weekly average exposure 85 decibels. While 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, above which workers must not be exposed. This exposure limit level should take account of any reduction in noise level provided by hearing protection

How Can We help?

As a specialist consultancy Completely Sound Limited has both the equipment and expertise to ensure that an employer is fully aware of their legal requirements, and also provide best practice advice and guidance on how to achieve a working environment in line with the requirements of relevant legislation.   

Mitigation could take many forms. In general treating noise at source is a far more cost effective method. As such, equipment maintenance and general up keep can play a large role. Work place layout can then play a part in interrupting noise propagation through use of natural or additional screening, or reducing the number of individuals exposed to noise by appropriate zoning of various activities.

The act of suppressing (through use of absorption) or actively screening noise may then be considered, and advice on appropriate use of hearing protection provided.

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