Workplace Noise

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations came into force for Great Britain on 6 April 2006. The aim of the regulations is to ensure that workers’ hearing is protected from excessive noise at their place of work.

The regulations require employers to prevent or reduce risks to health and safety from exposure to noise at work. The Regulations require you as an employer to:

  • Assess the risks to your employees from noise at work.
  • Take action to reduce the noise exposure that produces those risks.
  • Provide employees with hearing protection if you cannot reduce the noise exposure enough by using other methods.
  • Make sure the legal limits on noise exposure are not exceeded.
  • Provide your employees with information, instruction and training.
  • Carry out health surveillance where there is a risk to health.

Cti provides comprehensive workplace noise surveys that will give you all the information required to help you comply with the regulations.

The surveys include personal monitoring to establish daily exposure to noise (LEP,d), including Lmax, Lmin and LCpeak . Octave band analysis can also be carried out, both to help strategise engineering solutions to reduce noise levels, but also to determine which type of hearing protection would be best suited to the employees.

The noise regulations require you to take specific action at certain action values. These relate to the levels of exposure to noise of your employees averaged over a working day (or week), and the maximum noise (peak sound pressure) to which employees are exposed in a working day.

The values are lower exposure action values:

  • daily or weekly exposure of 80 dB.
  • peak sound pressure of 135 dB.

And upper exposure action values:

  • daily or weekly exposure of 85 dB.
  • peak sound pressure of 137 dB.

To discuss these services please contact Carl McDonald on or 07814 488644 or Peter Holdsworth or 07866 246162.

Cti holds UKAS accreditation for personal noise monitoring. To view our full UKAS accreditation schedule please click here.