Noise at Work Assessments / Surveys
Noise at Work Surveys/Assessments are a legal requirement for employers where employees are at a risk of long term hearing damage from prolonged exposure to noise in the work place. A Noise at Work Risk Assessment can be conduced in accordance with the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Why do I need a Noise at Work Survey?
The purpose of a Noise at Work Risk Assessment is to assess the health risks of noise exposure to employees determine whether/how mitigation measures can be applied to control these risks. The aim is to minimise the risks of long term hearing damage in the workplace through appropriate control measures.
A Noise at Work survey is the first step in this process.
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 places a duty on employers to ensure that noise exposure levels are controlled. There may be a requirement to provide (and enforce the wearing of personal hearing protection), conduct ongoing health surveillance/hearing tests, and continually assess procedures and working patterns within the workplace.
For employers seeking to ISO accreditation for their business, a Noise at Work risk assessment may be a part of this process.
ParkerJones Acoustics are an experienced set of noise consultants in conducting Noise at Work surveys across the UK, including in Bristol, London, Birmingham, Cardiff, and Swansea.
How does a Noise at Work Assessment work?
1 - We conduct an on-site Noise Survey
We'll come to your facility and conduct a series of noise measurements across the working day to determine the level of noise exposure.
2 - We assess the noise exposure risks
Considering the personal noise doses of employees against the noise exposure action values and limits as set out by the Noise at Work Regulations 2005.
3 - We advise on noise mitigation actions
You may be required to provide hearing protection, train employees, implement a medical surveillance scheme, and reduce noise levels at source by altering the working process
What are my responsibilities to assess Noise at Work?
Regulation 5 of the NAW Regulations states that a detailed Noise at Work Risk Assessment (the purpose of this document) must be undertaken if an employee is likely to be exposed to noise at or above lower exposure action values. This may occur if a workplace is considered to be noisier than everyday life.
In summary, if the noise exposure action values are exceeded then the employer may be required to:
- reduce the noise exposure that produces these risks to as low a level as is reasonably practicable by either
- provide employees with hearing protection if the noise exposure cannot be reduced enough and the noise levels remain above the exposure action values;
- provide employees with information, instruction, and training on noise in the workplace; and
- carry out health surveillance where there is a risk because of exposure to loud noise.
What are the risks of exposure to high levels of Noise at Work?
The risks of high noise exposure to employees is clear. Noise induced hearing loss, whether it be the inability to hear certain frequencies, tinnitus, or deafness.
This can happen on a temporary basis, a ‘temporary threshold shift’ – where the ear effectively closes up to protect itself for a short period after high levels of noise exposure (think the ringing in the ears and decreased hearing sensitivity after a gig!). Hearing may recover within a few hours, but continuing this on a day to day basis runs a high risk of a ‘permanent threshold shift’ – from prolonged levels of high exposure, reducing hearing sensitivity on a permanent/long term basis.
For an employer who fails to address the health and safety of employees and their hearing, this can lead to lawsuits and claims for those who suffer industrial deafness/noise-induced hearing loss, fines and interventions from the HSE (Health and Safety Executive), and a poor PR from such claims reaching the press.
Where do we conduct Noise at Work Assessments?
We’re able to offer Noise at Work surveys across the nation, including cities such as London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Cardiff and Swansea, throughout the UK.
Give ParkerJones Acoustics a call, where you’ll get a fair and honest evaluation at a competitive price, wherever you’re based.
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