The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 has been brought about to protect workers and other persons against harm to their health, safety, and welfare by eliminating or minimising risks arising from work.
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.
What JPRO Can Offer
1. We can help with an preliminary noise assessment. A preliminary assessment is a screening tool that should identify probable or possible noise exposures above the exposure limits. A detailed assessment is required to assess these further and JPRO can advise appropriate companies that can 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 can help with the following noise 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 |
JPRO Noise Management Solutions
JPRO provides noise assessment, noise control, noise exposure and noise management solutions.
1. A basic plug-n-play system where you self manage noise levels by visual queues.
2. 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