Noise assessments undertaken on multiple sites to meet the requirements of the Noise at Work Regulations 1989 and to highlight areas where additional control measures or process change may be required for compliance with the Noise at Work Regulations 2005.
In addition the suitability of current hearing protection was assessed and recommendations made to ensure that the choice of hearing protection provided gave rise to suitable attenuation.
The major findings of the surveys were that, at present, the client was in compliance with the current regulations. However, there were many locations and processes identified where the client was advised to examine the feasibility of process change or implementation of noise reduction measures. This was to make sure that the employees’ personal exposures to noise would be reduced when the new regulations were implemented in 2005.
The selection of hearing protection provided by the client was suitable for use but the client was advised to attenuate the noise at source where reasonably practicable to reduce the dependency on Personal Protective Equipment.