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Noise at Work Regulations Consultancy

Currently in the UK over 1 million employees are exposed to levels of noise, which put their hearing at risks.

The Key Messages from the Health and Safety Executive are:

  • Work induced hearing loss can be preventable but once your hearing has gone it won't ever come back.
  • Damage to employee hearing can also cause such conditions such as a permanent sensation of ringing in the ears, known as tinnitus.
  • Hearing loss caused by exposure to noise at work continues to be a significant occupational disease. Some 170,000 people in the UK suffer deafness, tinnitus or other ear conditions as a result of exposure to excessive noise at work.
  • The HSE state that Full compliance with the new Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 will eventually eliminate occupational noise-induced hearing loss. HSE aims that by 2030 there should be no new cases of noise-induced hearing loss through noise at work.
  • Factors that contribute to hearing damage are noise levels and how long your employees are exposed to the noise, daily or over a number of years.
  • The most efficient and effective way of controlling noise is by technical and organisational means that protect workers at source, e.g. changes in process, reducing vibration (damping) and reducing time spent in noisy areas.
  • For the detection of the early signs of damage scheduled periodic hearing checks are vital.

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 came into force in Great Britain on 6th April 2006, with the exception of the music and entertainment sectors where they came into force on the 6th April 2008.

The aim of the Noise Regulations is to ensure that excessive noise in the place is not detrimental to the hearing of the workers' in the UK. The level at which employers must provide hearing protection and hearing protection zones is now 85 decibels (daily or weekly average exposure) and the level at which employers must assess the risk to workers' health and provide them with information and training is now 80 decibels.

At Health and Safety Mentor an experienced health and safety consultant can assist you in complying with the requirements of the Control of Noise at Work Regulations. The Noise Monitoring Package would consist of:

  • Monitoring of the employee and background exposure to noise in the workplace, using appropriate calibrated instrumentation. (When this is being undertaken it is important that all of the manufacturing processes etc are operational during the visit)
  • Initial feedback of the findings on completion of the monitoring;
  • A full report of the findings with an action plan and recommendations for any remedial actionrequired.
  • Training for staff in conjunction with the recommendations/remedial action required.

Should you require any further information on carrying out noise at work regulations assessments at work please contact one of our health and safety consultants on 08444 933 062.