Do you require a noise risk assessment?
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 (the ‘Noise Regulations’) require you to eliminate or reduce risks to health and safety from noise at work. Depending on the level of risk, you should:
- Take action to reduce the noise exposure
- Provide your employees with personal hearing protection
Other duties under the Regulations include the need to:
- Make sure the legal limits on noise exposure are not exceeded
- Maintain and ensure the use of equipment you provide to control noise risks
- Provide your employees with information, instruction and training; and
- Carry out health surveillance (monitor workers’ hearing ability)
As a simple guide you will probably need to carry out a noise risk assessment if any of the following apply:
- Is the noise intrusive – like a busy street, a vacuum cleaner or a crowded restaurant – for most of the working day?
- Do your employees have to raise their voices to carry out a normal conversation when about 2 m apart for at least part of the day?
- Do your employees use noisy powered tools or machinery for more than half an hour each day?
- Do you work in a noisy industry, eg construction, demolition or road repair; woodworking; plastics processing; engineering; textile manufacture; general fabrication; forging, pressing or stamping; paper or board making; canning or bottling; foundries?
- Are there noises due to impacts (such as hammering, drop forging, pneumatic impact tools etc), explosive sources such as cartridge operated tools or detonators, or guns?
Noise Risk Assessment Services
At GBS Health and Safety Services we are able to assist you with the development and documentation of a noise risk assessment. The risk assessment includes:
- Identifying where there may be a risk from noise and who is likely to be affected
- A reliable estimate of your employees’ exposures, and compares the exposure with the exposure action values and limit values (where required we use modern and calibrated noise measuring equipment)
- Identification of what you need to do to comply with the law, eg whether noise-control measures or haring protection are needed, and, if so, where and what type
- Identifying any employees who need to be provided with health surveillance and whether any are at particular risk.
Our qualified and competent noise assessor has a Certificate of Competence in Workplace Noise Risk Assessment and a Certificate of Competence in Environment Noise Measurement. We use easily understandable reporting formats as well as producing ‘noise maps’ to help you understand what and where the risks are and what measures are required to reduce noise exposure or to protect employees.
If you have noise risk assessment requirements, please contact us to discuss your individual needs.