Noise risk assessment and management

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The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 are designed to protect against risks to both health and safety from exposure to noise – the health risk of hearing damage in those exposed, and safety risks such as the noise affecting the ability to hear instructions or warnings.

Importantly, regulation 5 of the noise regulations, requires employers to carry out a noise assessment where the work is liable to expose any employees to noise levels at or above the lower exposure action value (a daily or weekly personal noise exposure of 80 dB (A-weighted); and a peak sound pressure of 135 dB (C-weighted)).

The purpose of this assessment is to allow the employer to make a valid decision about whether employees are at risk from exposure to noise and what action may be necessary to prevent or adequately control that exposure.

B & P Health and Safety Management Consultants Ltd provide a range of Noise Assessment and management/control services, as outlined below, to support the client in complying with the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005.

Services

  • Noise Risk Assessments/Surveys using integrated sound level metering and dosemeter noise measurement instrumentation.
  • Establishment and preparation of noise management/control programmes.
  • Prediction of the attenuation provided by current hearing protection systems using Octave-band analysis.
  • Selection, use, care and maintenance of hearing protection.
  • Advice on health surveillance for noise induced hearing loss (NIHL).
  • Noise awareness training.