Noise At Work Assessment
At WG Safety, we are specialists in offering health and safety, and environmental consultancy throughout the UK, from our base in Wolverhampton, West Midlands. As part of our services, we can offer a workplace noise assessment for your organisation.
A noise assessment measures the level of noise that people in the workplace are exposed to on a daily or weekly basis. These are carried out in wide range of workplaces that are by nature noisy, in order to monitor noise levels, and assess the risk of the potential damage to hearing, as well as the impact on the overall health and wellbeing of employees and visitors to the place of work.
|Deaily/Weekly Noise Exposure [dB(A)]||Deaily/Weekly Noise Exposure [dB(A)]|
|Insignificant Exposure||Less Than 80||Less Than 135|
|Lower Exposure Action (UEA) Values||80||135|
|Upper Exposure Action (UEA) Values||85||137|
|Exposure Limit (EL) Values||87||140|
As well as being an employer’s legal duty to protect employees from exposure to excessive noise levels, over-exposure is linked to many health and safety issues. Excessive noise can cause emotional impacts and can also increase levels of aggression, hypertension and stress. In extreme cases, high levels of noise or prolonged periods of noise can pose long-term negative health effects. As well as the obvious risk of hearing loss and tinnitus, it can also be linked to sleep disturbances, a rise in blood pressure, vasoconstriction, and an increased occurrence of coronary artery disease.
Here at WG Safety, we can help you to protect your employees from excessive noise levels within the workplace under the provisions of the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005. If any employee works within a noisy environment, an assessment is required to establish if they have exceeded either the daily noise lower/upper exposure action values, or the exposure limit value and determine the best course of action. Additionally, where noise levels vary on a daily basis, weekly noise exposure would be measured instead to determine the level of risk.
Noise Exposure Assessment
Our team of highly experienced noise consultants are qualified to the Institute of Acoustics Diploma level and are members of the British Occupational Hygiene Society. Our experience performing Noise at Work assessments include industries such as logistics and distribution, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, foundries and forging industries, chemicals and metals, retail outlets, education, leisure, construction, waste recycling, food manufacture, housing, recruitment, aviation, vehicle manufacture and automotive supply chain. All noise assessments are implemented using the latest technology, type I sound level meters and dosimeters with audible capabilities for capturing peak noise, all calibrated to current industry standards and guidance.
Once we have completed the assessment, the aim is to reduce the noise through technical and organisational measures. Our reports offer thorough advice on how to minimise the noise exposure. The action points may include changes to the workplace design and layout, reducing worker exposure through job rotation with other members of staff, as well as noise control measures (including acoustic screening, machinery design, isolation and absorption of noise). By calculating this, we can ascertain the most suitable hearing protection, and determine whether the noise control measures are sufficient or whether additional protection is needed.
To find out more about our workplace noise assessment services, please feel free to get in touch with our team by completing our online contact form, or by emailing us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also speak to a member of the team directly by calling us on 01543 670067. We will be glad to assist you with any queries you may have for us about workplace noise assessments or any other services.