We work with contractors to assess the suitability of any proposed on-site works and to provide guidance and support to reduce noise and vibration at the neighbouring receptors.
Top 5 Reasons to Monitor Noise at Work
Every employer knows that there are a million and one things that need thinking about when it comes to employee Health & Safety.
Noise-induced hearing loss – excessive exposure to noise can permanently damage a person’s hearing, as well as inducing tinnitus. Both can drastically alter quality of life and are easily prevented. Noise at work needn’t be unbearably loud to warrant action; consistent exposure to high levels over time will also likely lead to noise-induced hearing loss. Nowadays, noise is best thought of in terms of daily and weekly ‚’dosages’ (kind of like vitamins…). Check out your recommended dosages here.
It’s the law – aside from being conscientious and providing a comfortable working environment, employers also have a legal obligation to protect the aural health of their workers. The Noise at Work Act (2005) came into effect on April 6th 2006, with the UK Health & Safety Executive outlining the steps employers need to take.
Where there’s blame… – in light of the relatively new laws, noise-induced hearing loss and industrial deafness claims are on the rise. It is thought that approximately 80,000 new noise at work related claims were made last year.
Longterm expense – prevention is better than cure, and it’s not just the employee who pays the cost for inadequate protection from noise at work. It has been estimated that even a mild noise-induced hearing loss with tinnitus may incur an employer a minimum of ¬£4,000 should they be found to be legally at fault. With the upper ceiling of claims being recorded at up to ¬£60,000, it pays to take every precaution possible.
Happy workers – good employers know that happy workers means increased productivity. The stresses and quality of life impact, which can result from excessive noise at work, can have a severe effect on both workers and the workplace. Make sure that you’re protecting your workers, reputation and business.
As urban areas continue to expand and human activities thrive, environmental noise pollution has become a significant concern.
Poor Sound Insulation is an issue that plagues many houses both small and large, through the development of noisy hobbies such as gaming systems, drum kits or food processors, or simply poorly soundproofed properties.