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Workplace Noise Assessment

Noise and vibration are a part of day to day life.  However, excessive levels can lead to permanent damage and other injuries.

Noise in the WorkplaceNoise and vibration in the workplace has therefore become an important and significant issue in business development and planning processes; their assessment has become one of the prime factors in the workplace.  Hearing loss caused by exposure to noise at work continues to be a significant occupational disease.

It is estimated that over 2.8 million people in the UK are exposed to excessive noise levels in the workplace.  Recent research suggests that 185,000 people in the UK suffer deafness, tinnitus (ringing, whistling, buzzing or humming in the ears),  or other ear conditions as a result of exposure to excessive noise in the workplace.

There is no doubt that exposure to high noise levels can cause incurable damage to hearing.  The HSE estimates 170,000 people in the UK suffer hearing damage, tinnitus, Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) or other ear conditions as a result of excessive noise at work.

Whenever noise is present in the workplace it is vitally important that it does not cause harm to people in the vicinity.  Current noise legislation aims to reduce the numbers affected; as an employer you have a legal responsibility for both the safety and welfare of your employees.

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. 

The regulations require risks to be assessed and action taken to reduce noise exposure.

An ICM noise assessment addresses the requirements of the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 and is based on measured noise levels, daily noise exposure levels and employee work patterns.  Noise hazard identification, noise control, identification of areas where noise reduction is required and an assessment on the effectiveness of current noise control methods are all covered.

Deliverables include a comprehensive report on the assessment of noise in your workplace, together with achievable cost effective solutions.

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