NoiseAir were recently requested to carry out a ‘noise at work’ assessment at a clothing manufacturing site in Blaby, Leicestershire. The company specialises in the manufacture of school uniforms with 30 employees working on the main shop floor. A recent HSE audit of the site highlighted the need for a noise risk assessment due to the noisy machinery and manufacturing processes, which could potentially put employees at risk of excessive noise exposure.
One of our experienced acoustic consultants attended the site to carry out the survey and observed various machinery and processes in action. Employees working on the site were individually assessed to calculate their noise exposure throughout the working day. An acoustic report was then provided to the company demonstrating findings and appropriate recommendations to protect employees’ hearing. This included appropriate staff training, treatment of noise at source, and designated hearing protection zones throughout the site.
Workplace noise risk assessments are carried out to determine whether existing employees are being subjected to excessive noise levels when calculated over a normalised eight-hour time period. There is extensive research to suggest that noise induced hearing loss is related to the amount of sound energy entering the ear over an extended period of time. Additionally, sudden high intensity noise levels are also considered as part of a noise risk assessment.
Are you an employer and unsure of your health and safety responsibilities? Did you know that by law, (and in accordance with The Control of Noise at Work Regulations (2005) ), employers are obliged to protect employees’ hearing by regularly carrying out a noise risk assessment and identifying measures to reduce noise exposure to staff.
For more information on noise risk assessments, get in touch with our experienced team of acoustic consultants to discuss your requirements.
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