What do you need to undertake a noise assessment?

What do you need to undertake a noise assessment?

Your risk assessment should:

  • Identify where there may be a risk from noise and who is likely to be affected;
  • Contain a reliable estimate of your employees’ exposures, and compare the exposure with the exposure action values and limit values;

How do you assess noise?

The most common instruments used for measuring noise are the sound level meter (SLM), the integrating sound level meter (ISLM), and the noise dosimeter. It is important that you understand the calibration, operation and reading the instrument you use.

When must a noise assessment be carried out?

In answer to the question, there is no set frequency for noise assessments, however a regular noise survey helps determine if there is any deterioration in machinery that may be causing increases in noise level. Therefore we recommend that noise levels are carried out and reviewed at least every two years.

Who should conduct a noise assessment?

A competent person is one who has accurately calibrated noise measuring instruments and, through training and experience: Understands what is required by The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005. Knows how to check the performance of the instruments. Knows how to take the measurements properly.

Is there a checklist for noise in the workplace?

Regulation and promotion of safety in general industry. Freedom of information guidelines, reports, policies, plans, and contact information. This checklist has been developed to assist you in identifying risks associated with noise in the workplace.

What should be included in a noise risk assessment?

Identify – Do a site check and observe where there may be risk of noise exposure. Determine a reliable estimate of employee exposures, actions to perform in order to comply with the law (i.e., noise-control measures/protection), and employees who need health surveillance.

What are the standards for a noise survey?

Noise emission evaluation Standards are available for the determination of the noise emission of machines in general or of specific items of equipment. Methods are described which deal with sound power, sound pressure and sound intensity. These series of International/European standards include precision, engineering and survey grade situations.

What are the health and safety risks of noise in construction?

Permanent hearing damage is a health and safety risk for workers in noisy construction environments. The document advises employers of their occupational health and safety (OHS) duties to protect workers from these risks. It includes a checklist to: