The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) has been brought about to protect workers and other persons against harm to their health, safety, and welfare by eliminating or minimising risks in the workplace. HSWA shifts the focus from monitoring and recording
health and safety incidents to proactively identifying and managing risks so
everyone is safe and healthy.
In relation to noise levels in the workplace the Health and Safety at Work Act states that businesses need to identify the noise level risk, assess the risk and then either eliminate or minimise the risk.
So what are the levels for risk?
Current Limits for Occupational Noise Exposure
The occupational exposure limits for noise are stated in Regulation 11 of the Health and Safety in Employment Regulations 1995 (soon to be updated to the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015). Regulation 11 requires employers to take all practicable steps to ensure that no employee is exposed to noise above the following levels:
(a) Eight-hour equivalent continuous A-weighted sound pressure level, LAeq,8h, of 85 dB(A); and
(b) Peak sound pressure level, Lpeak, of 140 dB, — whether or not the employee is wearing a personal hearing protector.
JPRO Noise Management Solutions
JPRO provides noise assessment, noise control, noise exposure and noise management solutions with products that directly target noisy environments, allowing a person to measure and 'see' or visualise noise levels in open plan spaces.
Making noise visible is a simple yet effective way of self-regulating noise and thereby reducing noise levels, creating room for concentration with less interruption.
We are able to offer the following services:
1. Preliminary noise assessment. A preliminary assessment is a screening tool that should identify probable or possible noise exposures above the exposure limits. If a detailed assessment is then required, JPRO can advise appropriate partners that carry out these assessments.
Preliminary assessments often find noise sources or processes where simple noise control measures may be introduced before having to conduct a detailed assessment.
2. We are able to provide noise management solutions with the following systems:
|Type of Noise Management System||Application|
|Visual noise awareness and self-management systems||Open plan offices|
Hospital (Theatre, NICU)
|Noise compliance & monitoring systems|
(Health & Safety of Staff)
Bars and Restaurants
|Noise control systems|
(External noise issues - council compliance)
|Bars and restaurants |
Visual Noise Monitoring Systems:
1. A basic plug-n-play system where you self manage noise levels by visual queues.
A monitored system that reports back noise level data over specified
periods to management. Steps can then be taken to reduce noise levels
to appropriate levels.
3. A fully automated system that integrates with your audio system to help keep sound levels below specified targets.
View the SoundEar range of visual noise management and reporting products here
Benefits of a Visual Noise Monitor:
A group of researchers studied the effects of using a SoundEar device to visualise classroom noise levels. They studied 3 classrooms and found that the average noise levels dropped 1.4 dB and that the maximum noise levels were reduced by 3.9 dB after introducing the SoundEar noise meter to the classrooms.
Teachers found that using SoundEar was beneficial and that it had a positive effect on their students, as well as creating a better classroom environment. Learners had a greater awareness of noise levels and classrooms were less noisy with device.
View the Whitepaper of this research here.
Read how SoundEar heightens hospital staff awareness about noise
in this article.
Do you need to have better control over noise in your environment? Feel
free to reach out and contact us to assist you with your noise related