Noise Monitoring

Noise Monitoring

The noise levels in the UK are governed by The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005. Only by checking noise levels can you ensure the levels are within the set guidelines and that workers are protected from risk of hearing damage at their place of work. Over 1 million employees in Great Britain are exposed to levels of noise that puts their hearing at risk. Of these upwards of 17,000 people suffer deafness, ringing in the ears or other ear conditions caused by excessive noise at work.

The HSE states that the level at which employers must provide hearing protection and hearing protection zones is 85 decibels (daily or weekly average exposure), and the level at which employers must assess the risk to workers' health and provide them with information and training is 80 decibels. There is also an exposure limit value of 87 decibels, taking account of any reduction in exposure provided by hearing protection, above which workers must not be exposed.

SKC offer a range of products for noise monitoring.

Noise Monitoring Kits

Noise Monitoring KitsThe SKC range of kits includes Budget and Starter kits, and Risk Assessment Kits.

Class 1/Class 2 Sound Level Meter (SLM)

Sound Level MetersSound Level Meters (SLMs) are divided into two Classes, Class 1 and Class 2; both have the same functionality but different tolerances for error.

Dosemeter

DosemeterA dosemeter measures the actual noise that the worker receives at the ear, over time, and may be more easily understood than decibels, as it is displayed as a percentile.

Acoustic Calibrators

Acoustic CalibratorsAcoustic Calibrators are used to set the sensitivity of the microphone of the Sound Level Meter (SLM) for field work.

Personal Alarm Unit

Personal Sound Level Alarm UnitThis unit is worn by the worker and activates when the noise exceeds a pre-set level, indicating that ear protection should be worn.

Noise Activated Warning Signs

Noise Activated Warning SignClear warning signs must be displayed where hearing protection must be worn.