It is an employer’s responsibility to comply with both The Control of Noise at Work Regulations and environmental guidelines for external noise pollution.
Within the workplace employers must:
- Ensure that risk from exposure to noise is either eliminated at source or reduced to as low a level as possible
- Make personal hearing protection available to employees who are exposed to noise at HSE defined exposure limits and maintain its efficient working order
- Place employees who are at risk under suitable health surveillance including hearing testing
A Workplace Noise Survey will:
- Identify whether employees are exposed to noise at or above the exposure limit and action values and/or peak sound pressure levels
- Identify areas and/or machines which give rise to noise levels at or above the exposure limit values and/or peak sound pressure levels
A Environmental Noise Survey will assess requirements in line with:
- Planning permission
- Environmental permit
- Environmental Protection Act
- World Health Organisation (WHO) Guidelines for Community NoiseComplaints raised by local residents
- A BPIF Specialist and Institute of Acoustics trained consultant will evaluate your requirements and provide advice and support to walk you through the entire process.
- COSHH Risk Assessment The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH) state that every employer shall ensure the exposure of employees to substances hazardous to health is either prevented or, where this is not reasonably practicable, adequately controlled.
- Local Exhaust Ventilation (Lev) Testing Thousands of British workers contract occupational asthma and other lung diseases each year due to breathing in dust, fumes or other airborne contaminants at work, often because control measures are not fit for purpose or utilised properly by employees.
- Workplace Air Monitoring COSHH Regulations employers must ensure that workplace air monitoring is undertaken to ensure adequate control. Workplace Exposure Limits (WELs) for airborne contaminants are listed in the HSE Guidance Document (EH40).
- Legionella Risk Assessment & Ongoing Management The COSHH Regulations and HSE Approved Code of Practice and Guidance Document: Legionnaires’ Disease states that employers have a duty to take suitable precautions to prevent or control the risk of exposure to legionella.
- Respiratory Protection Equipment (RPE) - Face Fit Testing In situations where adequate control of exposure to airborne substances cannot be achieved in line with Approved Codes of Practice (ACoPs) supporting the COSHH Regulations, the Control of Lead at Work Regulations (CLAW), Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) and Ionising Radiation Regulations, employers must provide suitable respiratory protection equipment (RPE).
- Vibration The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations aim to prevent damage caused by vibration at work. Vibration induced medical conditions can include vascular disorders and long-term neurological and muscular damage.