Compliance with the current Noise at Work Regulations is a mandatory requirement and failure to meet the requirements or protect your employees, staff or members of the public from harmful omissions can result in financial or restrictive penalties.

A Noise at Work assessment is 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). Measuring sound pressure levels in a factory

Noise at Work Act 2005

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. Ensuring the correct actions are in place to eliminate or mitigate excessive sound levels is essential, with the emphasis on eliminating the source whenever possible. To achieve this HSE L108 (Controlling Noise at Work) has been published giving clear and concise requirements. Mandatory Noise at Work signage

Ensuring compliance with the Noise at Work Regulations

Testing to ensure compliance is required so that the final report issued is based on known factors and not on speculation and may differ based on the sector being examined (Industrial or commercial, for example). The best way of protecting the health and well-being of people within a noisy environment, is understanding the sound levels that are being experienced and this is undertaken by measuring operations or machinery creating known noise sources or by measuring the noise levels experienced by an individual through the fitting of a dose badge. The main aim for identifying known issues that may cause harmful emission’s is to be able to eliminate the cause and reduce noise levels to a non-harmful level where noise protection is not required. Where this is not possible then we look to mitigate sound to the lowest possible levels and therefore reducing the risk of damage. Where it is not possible to eliminate or mitigate noise to acceptable levels then we aim to ensure that the right hearing protection for the environment can be identified and the employer ensures suitable risk assessments can be carried to protect the employees.

Meeting the requirements

Upon completion of the assessment a report is provided detailing the noise levels monitored. Personal exposure levels and recommendations for corrective actions that would help in protecting the workforce. Solutions to reduce noise levels (where they cannot be eliminated completely) include enclosures, screens or barriers and sound havens. Failure to meet the Noise at Work requirements can lead to fines and prohibition notices being enforced by the HSE. Claims by employees for any hearing loss suffered may be made from working in a harmful environment. Workplace noise requirements To discuss your requirements, call 01777 717 281 or use our contact form to arrange a free consultation