Occupational Noise Monitoring
Noise at work can lead to temporary or permanent hearing loss. However, hearing loss is not the only problem caused by noise; tinnitus (ringing, whistling, buzzing or humming in the ears) may also occur.
Noise can also create stress and can be a safety hazard at work, interfering with communication and making warnings harder to hear.
The Control of Noise At Work Regulations 2005
Every employer has a legal duty under the Noise Regulations to reduce the risk of damage to employees’ hearing. As such, the regulations require that levels of noise exposure be assessed by a competent person where any employee is likely to be exposed to specified action / peak noise levels.
The 2005 Regulations require employers to take action to protect workers at levels of noise 5 decibels lower than in the 1989 Regulations.
Cirrus Environmental Solutions Ltd employ qualified and experienced ‘competent’ scientists to carry out comprehensive noise assessments.
We are able to identify workers at risk from hearing damage by carrying out personal exposure measurements using personal dosimetry techniques. Assessment of the overall risk to hearing can then be undertaken.
The 2005 Regulations place the onus on the employer to reduce noise at source. As such, our assessments allow for:
- determination of ambient noise levels
- investigation and identification of significant noise sources in the workplace
Use of hearing protection is the last line of defence against noise, and should never be used as the primary protection method in noisy environments. To ensure that the correct hearing protection is used, our monitoring equipment allows:
determination of sound octave bands
Our interpretive reports discuss our findings but also include a remedial action plan, highlighting methods in which noise can be controlled or reduced, wherever necessary.