Noise Monitoring at Work

Noise monitoring at work is important for a wide range of reasons. Ultimately employers are responsible for protecting the health of their employees.

The issue of noise at work is not limited to manufacturing and construction industries, but also a wide range of sectors including, education, agriculture and more.

Exposure to high levels of noise can cause a range of adverse health effects including hearing loss and an increase in stress. As well as this, it can have a negative impact on productivity in various forms such as causing distractions and reducing concentration.

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 is a legislation that sets out the legal requirements for employers to assess and manage the risks to employees from exposure to noise in the workplace. It requires employers to measure and assess noise levels, take steps to reduce noise exposure and provide hearing protection to employees where it is deemed necessary.

Employers must conduct an evaluation of the health status of an employee, including noise exposure following the control of noise at work regulations 2005. When the noise level reaches a certain limit, measurement of employee to noise is required. Sound level meters such as the SV 971A and noise dosimeter the SV 104A.

Employers in the UK are requires to monitor noise levels in the workplace and take steps to protect their employees from the harmful effects of excessive noise. Failure to comply with these laws and regulations can result in enforcement action by the Health and Safety Executive. HSE are a UK government agency responsible for the regulation and enforcement of workplace health, safety and welfare.

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