Workplace noise surveys

It's estimated that there are 21,000 workers with work-related hearing problems in the UK, suffering from deafness, ringing in the ears or other ear conditions caused by excessive noise at work.


Keep employees safe at work

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 came into effect for all industry sectors in Great Britain on April 6 2006, except for the music and entertainment sectors where they came into force on 6 April 2008. The aim of these is to ensure the protection of people’s hearing is protected from excessive noise at work.

RPS can help with a workplace noise survey to determine areas needing to be designated as Mandatory hearing or Advisory hearing protection zones. We are also experienced at providing environmental noise surveys.


Exposure limits

Excessive noise exposure can lead to hearing loss and/or conditions such as tinnitus (permanent ringing in the ears). The level at which employers must provide mandatory hearing protection and hearing protection zones is 85 decibels; and the level at which employers must assess the risk to workers' health and provide them with information and training is 80 decibels (advisory hearing protection). There is also an exposure limit value of 87dB(A) taking into account of any reduction in exposure provided by hearing protection, above which workers must not be exposed.

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Some additional, helpful tips

But obviously the workplace isn’t the only pace we experience noise. Here are some tips on what we can do outside of work to help protect our hearing.

  • Keep your television, radio or music volume down
  • Use headphones that block out more outside noise rather than turning up the volume
  • Even if your not told to, wearing ear protection if you work in a noisy environment is beneficial
  • If you're a musician there are special vented earplugs available that allow some noise in
  • And finally, never insert objects into you or your children's ears – this includes fingers, cotton buds, cotton wool and tissue – if you are concerned about wax build up the NHS recommends using 2-3 drops of olive oil in your ear twice a day for a few days to help clear any build up.

If at any point you are unsure or at all concerned about the noise produced in your work environment, please get in touch with one of our team to discuss how we can help.

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Matt Bates

Business Development Director - Occupational Hygiene T: +44 (0) 1235 437 100 Email
Milton Keynes | UK

Tracey Bailey

Business Development Manager - Occupational Hygiene T: +44 1235 437 100 Email
Milton Keynes | UK

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