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Noise Assessments

Noise Assessments

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Why conduct a Noise Assessment?

In 2005 the Control of Noise at Work Regulations came into force requiring employers to prevent or reduce health and safety risks from exposure to noise at work.

Who can do a noise risk assessment?

The HSE advice for conducting noise risk assessments is as follows:

“You need to make sure that your (noise) risk assessment has been drawn up by someone who is competent to carry out the task; and is based on advice and information from people who are competent to provide it”

Safety for Work consultants are fully qualified to conduct your noise risk assessmentsand will give you practical cost-sensitive suggestions on noise safety compliance.

Employers Responsibilities – Noise Safety

  • Take action to reduce harmful noise exposure
  • Provide your employees with hearing protection if noise reduction is not achievable by other methods
  • Ensure noise exposure does not exceed legal limits
  • Provide employees with information, instruction and training about noise safety
  • Conduct health surveillance where there is a risk to health.

The Noise Regulations at Work do not apply to:

  • Low-level noise that is a nuisance but causes no risk of hearing damage.
  • General public exposed to noise from their non-work activities, or making an informed choice to go to noisy places.

Noise risk assessment

Your noise risk assessment needs to reflect employees’ likely noise exposure including the work they do or are likely to do; the ways in which they do the work; and how it might vary from one day to the next.

Your noise assessments must be based on reliable information, eg measurements in your own workplace, information from other workplaces similar to yours, or data from suppliers of machinery.

You must record the findings of your risk assessment and submit an action plan.

This action plan will show any adjustments to ensure Noise Regulation compliance. It needs to set out what you have done and what you are going to do, complete with a timetable and saying who will be responsible for the work.

Review your risk assessment regularly and re-do a noise risk assessment if circumstances in your workplace change and affect noise levels.

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