Noise at Work
We regularly carried out noise surveys to ensure our clients are complying with the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005. Surveys are typically carried out using a combination of noise mapping and octave band analysis using a precision integrating Sound Level Meter. All our surveys include a comprehensive report detailing employee exposure, advice on hearing protection and noise reduction measures.
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 came into force on 6th April 2006 implementing the EU Physical Agents (Noise) Directive 2003/10/EC.
The Regulations state that an employer who carries out work which is liable to expose any employees to noise at or above the lower exposure action value shall make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risk from that noise to the health and safety of those employees. The risk assessment should identify the measures which need to be taken to meet the requirements of these Regulations.
Failure to comply with The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 is in contravention of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 for which employers are liable for substantial fines and prosecutions. The HSE may also serve an Improvement or Prohibition Notice.
We regularly carry out noise assessment as part of our Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) testing services.
Our environmental noise surveys are normally carried out in accordance with BS4142, "Method for rating industrial noise affecting mixed residential and industrial areas", where applicable. Other standards are often applied including Planning Policy Guidance 24: Planning and Noise (PPG24), World Health Organisation Guidelines for Community Noise 1999 and Minerals Planning Guidance 11 (MPG11).