Do you have a noise problem at work?
This will depend on how loud the noise is and how long people are exposed to it. As a simple guide you will probably need to do something about the noise 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, e.g. 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 can also be a safety hazard at work, interfering with communication and making warnings harder to hear
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 require employers to prevent or reduce risks to health and safety from exposure to noise at work.
If your workplace falls into the above categories then the Regulations require you as an employer to establish the level of noise, and therefore risk, by measuring and recording the levels during your work processes. Where those noise levels exceed particular amounts then the law requires you to act.
OJ Health and Safety provide nationwide noise risk assessing services which are carried out by our competent health and safety team.
Carrying out a Noise Risk Assessment is complex and requires accurate and competent advice. OJ Safety can provide noise assessment services including a workplace Noise Risk Assessments in line with that required by the Regulations.
If you would like more information on this service please call 01924 261 789 or fill in the form below and we will get back to you.