What Is A Noise Risk Assessment?
Is your workplace too noisy? Are you doing enough to protect your staff from excessive workplace noise levels? That all probably depends on how loud your workplace is and how long your staff are exposed to it. If you’re not sure if workplace noise is excessive then you need to conduct a workplace noise risk assessment. This will help you highlight any excessive noise and put the correct control measures in place to limit the potential dangers.
Control of Noise at Work Regulations require that employers ensure that the risk from the exposure to noise of their employees is either eliminated at source or, where this is not reasonably practicable, reduced to as low a level as is reasonably practicable. The regulations also set exposure action levels with exposure of 80 decibels over an 8 hour period being the lower action level. The upper limit is 85 decibels over an 8 hour period. 85 decibels is where hearing damage starts to occur for most people. However, this can occur at lower levels for some people. What Causes Noise In The Workplace?
There are many potential sources of noise in the workplace. It can depend on the nature of your work, your surroundings and much more. However, a noise risk assessment will take into account the sources of ‘excessive’ noise and the steps you can put in place to control the dangers. These can include noise from the street, from machinery or even from your customers. The key to identifying excessive noise is to identify the volume and length of the noise. As a rule of thumb, if your staff have to raise their voices to communicate with one another then the noise levels may be excessive. If this sounds familiar to you, then you probably need to conduct a noise risk assessment.
Some industries are inherently noisy. Industries such as construction, engineering and many more have an increased danger of excessive noise. This is typically due to the nature of the work and the equipment and machinery used. If you work in one of these industries, you must carry out a noise risk assessment. It’s vital to help protect the health of your staff. That’s where the ELAS Group can help your business.
How We Can Help Your Business
health and safety experts will visit your premises and carry out a noise risk assessment, looking at the noise levels in your workplace through fixed point readings. This will be supported by a noise risk assessment report. We will then work with you to develop an appropriate hearing conservation programme, looking at what you can do to reduce noise levels, the measures you can take to protect your employees’ hearing and ensuring that you are complying with all legal requirements. Removing The Risk From Your Assessments
You can complete this assessment yourself or have it created and completed by one of our expert risk assessors. When you opt for a noise risk assessment with ELAS, you won’t just get a basic template. Your risk assessment is bespoke to your business. It will also be fully compliant with the latest regulations.
Our expert risk assessors will also be there to help you every step of the way. In fact, if you need it we’ll even carry out your risk assessments for you! That’s what makes us different from the other risk assessment companies out there. We don’t just say we’ll support your business, we actually do it!
Why not discuss your requirements with one of our expert assessors. Call our team today on 08450 50 40 60 or complete the contact form and we’ll be in touch soon!