NoiseAir were recently approached to carry out a ‘noise at work’ survey at a manufacturing site in Corby, Northamptonshire. The company specialises in the manufacture of van racking and storage systems with 25 employees working within the main factory. A recent HSE audit of the site highlighted the need for a noise risk assessment due to the noisy machinery and manufacturing processes, which means that employees are potentially at risk of excessive noise exposure.
Two of our experienced acoustic consultants attended the site to carry out the assessment and observed various machinery and processes in action. Employees working on the site were assessed to calculate their individual noise exposure throughout the working day. A technical acoustic report was then provided to the company showing results 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 responsibilities? By law, and in accordance with The Control of Noise at Work Regulations (2005), employers are obliged to protect employees’ hearing by carrying out a noise risk assessment and identifying measures to reduce noise exposure to staff.
For more information, get in touch with our experienced team of acoustic consultants to discuss your requirements.
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