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Noise at Work

Noise at Work Surveys

Noise at work surveys need to be performed in the United Kingdom to comply with L108 Controlling Noise at Work guidelines set down by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Controlling the amount of noise that employees are exposed to through performing effective noise at work surveys has several benefits; these include knowing that legal standards have been enforced, as well as ensuring that employees health and well-being is cared for.

NOVA Acoustics Ltd has a proven history of undertaking noise at work surveys and assessments to the highest standards. We follow the latest noise at work regulations and guidance, as well as European directives, to make sure that our clients fully comply with the necessary noise at work standards. Our unrivalled service includes free, expert advice for requirements and implementation of noise at work surveys and assessments.  Simply the use the contact form on this page, or call our offices, to chat about your noise at work survey requirements with our friendly and knowledgeable team of acoustic consultants.


Why do I need a noise at work survey?

A noise at work survey will be required to ensure that legal guidance from the HSE (i.e. L108 Controlling Noise at Work) is being followed, or if ISO certification is being sought. We’re able to offer occupational noise at work surveys and assessments to companies of all sizes, with minimal disruption of day to day operations.

What is involved in a noise at work survey?

Noise at work surveys and assessments provide a way to measure the amount of noise that is present in a working environment. Measurements are taken from various points on a working site, in order to calculate the average amount of noise that an employee is exposed to. Guidelines provided by the HSE in L108 provide upper limits to the amount of occupational noise within a workplace that an employee can be subjected to before they are legally required to wear hearing protection. This helps to prevent the development of serious, chronic hearing-impairment (i.e. noise-induced hearing loss). Noise-induced hearing loss can have a significant negative impact on an employee’s quality of life, but is entirely preventable if noise at work surveys are carried out and recommended guidelines are adhered to.

What type of noise at work survey do I need?

Despite their importance and legal necessity laid out by the HSE L108 Controlling Noise at Work guidance, many employers do not realise they are breaking the law. Employers who work within leisure, entertainment, industrial, construction and even specialist sectors are required to have a noise at work survey performed to be in total compliance with HSE standards. 

This could include testing of occupational noise levels arising from machines in the workplace or entertainment venues, or providing hearing testing programs for employees to ensure that suitable protective measures are being enforced.


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Case Studies/Projects

Noise at Work Surveys

Workplace Noise Testing: ITV Leeds, Manchester & London

We provided a series of workplace noise testing at the ITV Leeds, Manchester and London studios and workshops. We conducted noise at work risk assessments which included spot measurements of the noise emissions from tools and machinery within the workshops, to allow the calculation of the daily dose value and specify appropriate hearing protection. Further to this we conducted dosimeter assessments for technicians that operate within the studio environment, this allowed a complex noise environment to be accurately assessed across a number of television shows. 

Noise at Work Surveys

Occupational Noise Survey: Pepsico International

We were requested to undertake an occupational noise survey at the Pepsico International site to ensure alterations to the production line had been effective in reducing the sound levels in the workplace. Following the initial noise risk assessment we provided further acoustic design advice on the installation of an acoustic enclosure for a particularly noisy machine and the introduction of absorption to reduce the reverberant sound level. 

Noise at Work Surveys

Noise at Work Risk Assessments: Arnold Laver

We conducted a standard noise at work risk assessment to ensure Arnold Laver remained complaint with the Control of Noise At Work Regulations 2005 and L108. The assessment was a standard workplace noise assessment where spot measurements were taken from each operating position and the daily dose values were calculated. 

Noise at Work Surveys

Noise at Work Survey: Oakland Glass

Oakland Glass called us in to assess the level of noise in the work place following a request from their Health and Safety Consultant. We conducted a Noise at Work Survey assessing the level of acoustic mitigation that would be required to ensure appropriate control mechanisms were in place to protect their employees from noise exposure. Following the onsite noise assessment we provided a technical report detailing the measures that were required to ensure full compliance. 

Accreditations & Memberships

  • ISO-9001
  •  Institute Of Acoustics
  • Construction Line
  • LABC
  • IEMA
  • HAS

testimonials

- Paul Hastings

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30th May, 2017

I engaged Nova at the outset of my project (which I recommend you do) to assist with providing a detailed material specification and installation guidance. There was always someone available to help with practical enquiries and advice...

- C.G. Henry

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29th Nov, 2017

I had Adam come round to a property which i thought was beyond repair. He gave sound advice with exact details of what needed to be carried out in the most cost effective manner. Once the works were carried out he returned, tested it...

- Andrew Youngson

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6th Dec, 2017

I have worked with the team at nova on a number of projects and have always been very helpful and competitively priced. Highly recommend this company for any sound test and report.

- Carol Chaplin

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14th Jun, 2017

Excellent service, engineer was very informative and helpful.  Good customer service being able to speak to knowledgeable people on the telephone when making inquires about the procedure involved for the sound testing of our property...

- Bun Bar

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2nd Dec, 2015

Good efficient service. Recommend it to all.

Bright Construction UK Ltd

- Gavin Boby

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

9th Nov, 2015

Very attentive and friendly service, keen to serve the client, and absolutely not about dragging the case out for fees - will work to save the client fees, and understand the practicalities of the case and the opposition that applications...

- Ejaz Shah

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9th Nov, 2016

Adam was very attentive and very professional answered all my questions and returned all calls the engineer arrived at the time agreed and again explained everything before carrying out the test , and we received our report within couple...

- Charles OKell

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23rd Feb, 2017

Its a tricky area and you need the right support, Paul Robinson  brought Adam's team to the table and we'll be working together again in future for sure.

- Ainsley Black

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14th Dec, 2016

Although we had followed the building reg, in terms of sound insulation the property conversion still failed the sound Test. Adam was very helpful and professional and guided us to the point that when it was retested again we passed. Would...

- Robert Buchanan

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19th Jun, 2017

Friendly efficient and cost effective service, without complication

- Hepple Property Care Ltd

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

26th Oct, 2017

Very quick service, would recommend to others

- Ian Fairbairn

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

20th Dec, 2016

Excellent service and communication with all the members of staff we had dealings with.  A very professional approach and attitude by all.  An experience that is refreshing within the building sector and a company I could recommend...

- Daniel Cogdon

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

2nd Oct, 2017

Fast turn around and great service, recommended

- Allan Proctor

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

21st Sep, 2016

Excellent service by Adam and the team at Nova. The service they delivered was efficient, competitive and I would highly recommend them!

- Carol Richards

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

20th Jul, 2016

Having selected Nova Accoustics to perform a sound test on my latest project, I found the whole process completely professional, prompt & efficient .

The phone contact to set up the appointment was extremely  helpful...

- Michael Dickinson

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

1st Mar, 2017

Having used Nova Acoustics on several projects, I would not hesitate in recommending this company.

- Steph Openshaw

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

7th Sep, 2017

Fantastic service very quick and punctual highly recommended.

- Chris Bullerwell

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

22nd Nov, 2016

Used Nova Acoustics to sound test a property we'd converted in the Newcastle area.

Excellent service from start to finish. Professional, helpful & reliable throughout...highly recommended.

- Andrew Holmes

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

23rd Mar, 2017

Really helpful team of people and very quick service, which was greatly appreciated.

- Siying Lid

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

17th Aug, 2016

We are a small design firm and NOVA Acoustics provided very sufficient services to our clients with reasonable price. And they are quick to respond too.  Highly recommended.

- Floors By Design Leicester

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

24th Apr, 2017

Very good company, communicated all the way through.  Competitive pricing, I will be using them again in the near future.

- Stewart Greenhalgh

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

6th Jul, 2017

First Class, prompt professional service. I will recommend to other clients.

- Frank Kenny

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

5th Oct, 2017

Excellent  service so far and will be contacting them again for their services.

- Kelly Freakley

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

26th Jul, 2017

Fantastic service from this company at a very reasonable price, would definitely recomend....

- Robert Myers

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

27th Apr, 2017

I used Nova acoustics to sound test my basement flat conversion for the building control certificate

And found them to be professional and friendly. The test was done mid afternoon and I had received by six o'clock the same...

- Stephen Shaw

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

13th Jul, 2017

Excellent service. Would recommend to anyone needing assistance with matters arising from acoustics and noise.

- Rick Parsons

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

29th Jun, 2017

iKoustic have worked with Nova Acoustics for some time now and they are constantly thorough, professional and super helpful in everything they do ... They are certainly our partner of choice ... Rick

- Carl Smoult

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

10th Aug, 2017

Prompt, friendly, efficient, professional... would recommend and use again.

- Gary Oliver

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

20th Mar, 2017

As most of you reading this message are now probably aware  the difficulty of finding guidance and compliance of the part E building regulations is an arduous task. Well search no more! Adam at Nova Acoustics not only talked me through...

- Kate Whitehead

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27th Jul, 2017

Speedy quote, arranging the testing & report! Seb was really friendly & efficient onsite. Highly recommend!

- David Hope

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

26th Sep, 2017

Came promptly at the requested time. Did the work professionally and in good time and provided the required reports so no issues or problems to report.

- Mark Girdham

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

27th Jul, 2017

NOVA provided a fast and efficient service. They came to carry out the sound tests on my 8 Bed HMO, which was a change of use from 4 flats. Very friendly and professional service. Mark (Hull)

- Simon Phillips

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

4th Oct, 2017

Excellent company, providing a professional service at a competitive price and a quick, hassle free  experience. I would recommend them to anyone.

Simon Phillips  Salisbury Poultry Ltd

- Peter Phillips

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

31st Aug, 2017

Excellent service from start to finish.

Highly professional team who where very accommodating to the team on site and worked exceptional well with everyone.

Having worked with other companies within the same...

- Claire Gannon

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

31st Oct, 2017

Excellent speedy service, Luigi was very proficient and professional at carrying out his job, a real asset to the company. Thank you Luigi. Kind Regards, Ant Mason

Clients we’ve worked with

  • ITV
  • Unilever
  • Sig
  • Leeds University
  • Morrisons
  • Taylor Wimpey
  • City of Stoke On Trent
  • Hambleton District
  • Calvert Trust
  • Aldi
  • Arnold Laver
  • Broadley
  • Engie
  • Gardiner Theo
  • Iggesund
  • Oxford University
  • PepsiCo
  • Richmonshire
  • Savills