REC Acoustics were approached by a leading fan manufacturing company for help in reducing noise levels which employees are exposed to on their factory floor. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) had expressed concern over noise levels in one particular area of the factory floor and a deadline had been set for improvement works to be completed. REC Acoustics provided a full noise at work assessment, allocating shoulder-mounted dose badges to 13 employees, reviewing the suitability of existing Hearing Protection Zones and the supplied hearing protection.
REC Acoustics supplied specific advice for the area which the HSE expressed concern over. Advice has included the development of an acoustic enclosure, specifically the acoustic specification of partition systems, glazing units, a suspended ceiling and acoustic wall-boards within the acoustic enclosure to reduce reverberant noise levels.
REC Acoustics will visit the site again in June in order to test the acoustic performance of the detailed specifications.
The Noise Regulations 2005 require employers to prevent or reduce risks to health and safety from exposure to noise at work. The Regulations require an employer to:
- Assess the risks to your employees from noise at work;
- Take action to reduce the noise exposure that produced those risks;
- Provide your employees with hearing protection if you cannot reduce the noise;
- Exposure enough by using other methods;
- Make sure that the legal limits on noise exposure are not exceeded;
- Provide your employees with information, instruction and training; and
- Carry out health surveillance where there is a risk to health.