Friday, 20 January 2012

The Importance Of Environmental Testing For Noise

These days there is more and more focus being put on our environment, and one focus on particular is nuisance noise, which can take the form of both domestic noise and industrial noise.

But setting domestic noise aside, as a business you will have a legal duty of care with regards to noise on a couple of fronts. Firstly if you are using mechanized equipment within your factory then you have duty of care to ensure your equipment produces noise that is acceptable for people to work around.

If the noise a machine produces is above the relevant legal limit then you will need to ensure that staff are given suitable protection against the noise in terms of using ear defenders. You will also need to ensure to use a sound level meter to accurately test the noise levels around the offending machine, as it may be that if sound levels are high, that employees that are not operating the machinery but are working in its near vicinity also need to be given suitable ear protection.

If this sounds like your factory then you would be well advised to buy a legally accurate sound level meter, as you will be required to provide ongoing noise monitoring and most often have to keep accurate records of noise levels.

The importance of regularly monitoring sound levels cannot be overstated, as in the event of a person claiming they have got industrial deafness, then the noise level records may prove (or not!) that they were within legal limits, and in such a case if you find yourself being sued for such a personal injury then accurate records could prove to be your main defense.

For many companies buying a small handheld sound level meter makes good sense, as they are cheap, accurate and being small they are easy to store, yet can be readily used due to their size.

Your second duty of care when it comes to noise is ensuring that your business does not produce too much noise externally, if it does and people complain about it then you can find that the council will be along in no time to check it, so again accurate monitoring of your external noise is also vital. If not you could find yourself on the wrong end of an environmental notice.

So if noise is an issue for your business or you think it might be, then invest in a good handheld sound level meter today.

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