Workplace Noise Monitoring

Background

Damage to hearing is a major cause of industrial injury with an estimated cost to the NHS in managing it of £450 million per year (NHS England, March 2015). The 'Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005' came into effect on the 6th of April 2006, setting out clear noise exposure limits to help reduce the hearing loss caused by work activities, placing responsibilities on employers to ensure that their workforce are not exposed to levels beyond these limits. If there is a risk to health from noise and the levels are thought to be at or above the first action value of 80dB then an occupational noise assessment must be carried out.

Workplace Noise Exposure Monitoring

At Blue Turtle we use approved analytical methods to carry out workplace noise monitoring surveys producing a clear depiction of noise levels in the workplace, clearly identifying higher exposure areas where further controls may be required. Personal noise dosimetry and frequency analysis techniques are also used to establish individual workers exposure allowing for a more focused approach to noise control measures.
Workplace noise measurements are conducted using sensitive calibrated equipment that is able to accurately measure the noise levels in the workplace and determine if there is a risk to health. A class 1 sound level meter is used  to measure the noise in different modes including the A-weighting network which simulates how the human ear hears noise at different frequencies and allows a direct comparison against the 8hr Time Weighted Average (TWA) action and limit values set out in the Control of Noise at Work regulations.
Having a noise monitoring survey carried out provides you with a clear picture of the noise levels within all parts of the working environment allowing for a targeted approach to implementing controls if required. It also allows the business to demonstrate to the workforce, regulators, and insurance companies (where appropriate) that noise levels are controlled to a level where there is no risk to hearing and that the control measure in place are effective.

Workplace Noise Monitoring Report

Following any noise monitoring survey, we will provide you with a detailed, easy to understand report that clearly identifies the noise exposure levels of individual employees, background levels, adequacy of existing controls, and practical recommendations to help you achieve lower exposure levels. Any gap's in legislative compliance will also be highlighted along with recommendations in how compliance can be achieved. 
Blue Turtle Ltd also follows up all issued reports with further consultation allowing for any questions to ensure that the content is fully understood. This can be done virtually or face to face to suit your requirements.