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