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Complying with the Noise At Work RegulationsLatest News

New claims for work related deafness

Source: Health and Safety Exectutive Website:  http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/causdis/deafness/index.htm

 

Most employers are aware of Health & Safety regulations regarding noise and the need to protect workers’ hearing.

 Constant noise above a certain level can cause damage to a person’s hearing that is both permanent and disabling.  Whilst some damage can be done by sudden loud noises, most employers need to be aware of the harm that can be sustained gradually due to constant loud noise over a period of time.

 

Noise Regulation Information

The level at which employers need to provide hearing protection and hearing protection zones is 85 decibels.  However, there is a lower level at which employers should be assessing the risk to worker’s health. At 80 decibels, employers must provide information and training to workers on how to protect their hearing. The regulations also require employers to provide hearing checks for workers regularly exposed to levels above 85 decibels.

The Noise Regulations 2005 were updated with the aim of putting a stop to people suffering damage to their hearing at work. This has largely worked, and we have seen a significant reduction in new claims for work related deafness in the UK between 2007 and 2016 (see image above)

To quote the Health & Safety Executive, “Wherever there is noise at work, you should be looking for alternative processes, equipment and/or working methods which would make the work quieter or mean people are exposed for shorter times.”

noise at work

 

Sound Proofing For Machinery

One of the practical things that can be done to protect workers from noise is to enclose noisy machinery in a sound proofed container. This will reduce the amount of noise emitted into the working environment.

 

For maximum space efficiency, soundproof containers or enclosures will be bespoke manufactured to fit the machinery concerned. If the enclosure is located outside it will also need protection from the weather. It is important to consider the thickness or gauge of the steel enclosure dependant on the location of the machine, it’s exposure to pollution and/or potential purposeful damage, as well as the levels of sound insulation required.

 

Acoustic Enclosures That Work In All Locations

For machinery that requires operation or maintenance, access doors can be fitted to allow admittance into the enclosure. When access is not necessary but machinery needs to be monitored, viewing windows can also be built into the doors for visual access to instruments or control panels.

One of the often-overlooked aspects of acoustic containers situated outside is that once in place, they need to be vandal proof and designed to withstand the climate. Where machinery requires air flow and cooling, acoustic baffles or louvres may be necessary.

Protecting machinery from dust or sand may be an additional requirement. Bradgate penthouse louvres, which prevent harmful particles from entering operational areas are available in a wide range of sizes and purpose-built designs.

 

At Bradgate, our acoustic containers are purpose built to our customer’s specifications. All our products are manufactured at our own facilities in Leicestershire, to the most stringent specifications. If you have noisy machinery and are concerned about your workers’ hearing, Bradgate Containers can help you meet Noise At Work Regulations 2005.

 

 

For information on any of our products or services, contact Bradgate Containers on 01509 508678 or email sales@bradgate.co.uk.