Noise Risk Assessments
We can help you to address noise levels in your workplace with our noise risk assessment service
Noise at work can cause hearing damage that is permanent and disabling. This can be hearing loss that is gradual because of exposure to noise over time, but also damage caused by sudden, extremely loud noises. The damage is disabling as it can stop people being able to understand speech, keep up with conversations or use the telephone. Hearing loss is not the only problem. People may develop tinnitus (ringing, whistling, buzzing or humming in the ears), a distressing condition which can lead to disturbed sleep.
Noise at work can interfere with communications and make warnings harder to hear. It can also reduce people’s awareness of their surroundings. These issues can lead to safety risks – putting people at risk of injury or death.
Excessive noise at work is a significant yet preventable problem affecting thousands of UK workplaces.
Our competent noise assessor (recognised by the Institute of Acoustics), will visit your premises to determine noise exposures using appropriate instrumentation, calibration, measurement and analysis techniques.
The noise assessor will identify noise hazards and establish whether the lower and upper exposure action values are being exceeded. We will also estimate the personal daily noise exposure of employees and identify measures required to eliminate or reduce risk, control exposure and protect employees.
Results will be analysed and presented to incorporate immediate and future actions. We will also make recommendations on the selection of appropriate engineering controls, hearing protection programmes, health surveillance and PPE.
The noise assessment results will be set out in a written report and recommendations made with regard to the employers’ duties under the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005.
Estimated number of workers with work-related hearing problems, 2017/18 to 2019/20
Estimated number by 2035, of people in the UK to have hearing loss – that’s one in five of the population
New cases of occupational deafness in 2019