Compliance with Noise at Work regulations is mandatory 

Noise at Work surveys are undertaken to ensure that noise limits within the workplace are at levels deemed not to be harmful to human hearing.  If levels are found to be excessive, mandatory action can be taken to ensure any potential harm is minimised to acceptable limits.

Failure to comply with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) that oversees the implementation of the HASAW Act can result in a fine or even imprisonment.

A common misconception is that the Noise at Work Act only applies to loud industrial sites or premises. This is untrue. It applies to any business or sector where a potential noise issue may affect others (employees and members of the public).

Regulations to be met

As the Noise at Work Act 2005 concerns everyone, regardless of business type or position, guidance needs to be standardised regardless of circumstances or type of work being undertaken. 

To achieve this HSE L108 (Controlling Noise at Work) has been published giving clear and concise requirements.

Ensuring Compliance

Testing to ensure compliance is required so that the final report issued is based on known factors and not on speculation.

Testing may differ depending on the type of business requesting an assessment, such as an Industrial or commercial based field. 

Testing may consist of measuring sound levels within the overall environment or localised testing using individual dose badges worn by employees.

Meeting the requirements

Once an assessment has been undertaken we can offer further advice and guidance on corrective actions that may be required. Such corrective actions can range from a simple absorptive lining to a full machine enclosure of sound haven.