Noise Assessment

All employers are legally obliged to comply with the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005.

What do businesses need to do?

The Regulations require you as an employer to:

  • Assess the risks to your employees from noise at work
  • Take action to reduce the noise exposure that produces those risks
  • Provide your employees with hearing protection if you cannot reduce the noise exposure enough by using other methods
  • Make sure the legal limits on noise exposure are not exceeded
  • Provide your employees with information, instruction and training
  • Carry out health surveillance where there is a risk to health

Could your employees be at risk from noise?

  • 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 metres 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?

How can Universal Safety Solutions help?

Our experienced consultants can conduct a full assessment of the level and duration of noise that members of your workforce are exposed to. We will provide you with a comprehensive report including advice on control measures and precautions to ensure your employees are not put at risk and your company complies with the Regulations.

Contact us to find out more or to arrange an appointment for your Noise risk assessment.