Environmental Noise Levels
The max exposure time at 85 dBA is 8 hours, at 110 dBA it's just 1 min 29 seconds. If exposed, limit the time and wear hearing protection...more
Point of Reference
10 dBA is the sound level of normal human breathing. To put it into perspective, thunder is a whopping 120 dBA...more
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Bristol Risk Assessments for Workplace Noise
All employers have a responsibility to carry out risk assessments in the workplace to identify any risk to health from exposure to noise. This applies to all work carried out by any employee working in a noisy environment or workplace.
Is it too loud? If noise is intrusive, or you have to shout for a person to hear you less than 2 meters away,then you probably need a risk assessment.
We can carry out the risk assessment in Bristol and provide recommendations to demonstrate compliance with the control of noise at work regulations. The regulations state the following:
Lower exposure action value of 80 Lepd (or weekly) LCpeak max 135 dB.
Upper exposure action value of 85 Lepd daily (or weekly) LCpeak max 137 dB.
Exposure limit value of 87 Lepd daily (or weekly) LCpeak max 140 dB.
However, both the upper exposure action value and the lower exposure action value do not take into account heating protection. The limit value does take into account hearing protection though. This basically means that if you are below the 87dB then you need to take action to reduce the amount of exposure employees are exposed to.
What is the difference between the upper and lower exposure values in Bristol?
If you are below the lower exposure action value then there is no risk to the employees from noise exposure. However you may still want to provide hearing protection for very noisy periods.
Above the Lower Exposure Action Value In Bristol
If you're above the lower exposure action value then you have to provide training, information and monitoring. Hearing protection may not be required at this stage but it is mandatory to provide the protection for those who feel it is necessary.
Above the Upper Exposure Action Value
Hearing protection zones are mandatory. Other monitoring may also be required for employees involved in working in the protection zone, this will include health monitoring of employees to ensure their hearing is not getting worse and no damage is being done.
Hearing loss above this value can also indicate that the procedures in place may not be adequate.
Employers located in Bristol and the surrounding areas also have to take into consideration the right protection needed for the task without over protecting the employee. If the employee is over protected they may not hear vital alarms, vehicles and also feel isolated and be prone to accidents.
For further Workplace Noise information for your area, be sure to check out Sound-Testing-Bristol.co.uk.
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