Do you have a problem with noise at work?
This will depend on how loud the noise is, and how long people are exposed to the noise. As a simple guide you will probably need to do something about the noise if any of the following apply:
• Do your employees have to raise their voices to carry out a normal conversation when they are standing about 2 metres apart for at least part of the working day?
• Do your employees use noisy powered tools or machinery for more than half an hour each day?
Noise can also be a safety hazard at work, the noise can interfere with normal communication and make warnings harder to hear, e.g. a fire alarm or a shouted warning. Some examples of typical noise levels are:
Normal conversation, 55 dB(A)
A car engine at 10 metres away, 70 dB(A)
Power tools, 90 dB(A)
A jet aircraft taking off 25 metres away, 140 dB(A)
I carry out workplace noise assessments and provide noise assessment reports.
The reports are easy to understand and show the measured noise levels for a quantity of pre-planned activities .