Noise exposure at work can be harmful to hearing – however hearing loss is preventable if effective noise control measures are implemented. JPRO have noise monitoring solutions to help businesses comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.
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.
Businesses must where reasonably possible, make sure that workers or visitors are not exposed to noise levels that are:
– Equivalent to 85 decibels averaged over 8 hours, or
– A peak noise level over 140 decibels.
These limits apply whether or not the employee is wearing a personal hearing protector.
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.
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-managing noise and thereby reducing noise levels, creating room for concentration with less interruption.
Noise compliance & monitoring systems assist with aspects of Health and Safety of Staff.
Noise control systems dealing with external noise issues such as council compliance.
We are able to offer the following services:
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.
Applications for noise solutions we provide:
– Open plan offices
– Hospital (Theatre, NICU)
– Industrial sites
– Manufacturing Plants
– Fitness Centres
– Bars and Restaurants
Visual Noise Monitoring Systems:
1. A basic plug-n-play system where you self-manage noise levels by visual cues.
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.
Benefits of a Visual Noise Monitor:
The Journal of the Intensive Care society conducted a 2018 study on the benefits of using SoundEar, stating that SoundEar noise warning devices cause a sustained reduction in ambient noise. View the paper here.
Researchers studied the effects of using a SoundEar device to reduce classroom noise levels. They found that the maximum in-class noise levels were reduced by 3.9 dB. Teachers observed that SoundEar helped create a better classroom environment, while learners had a greater awareness to regulate noise and classrooms were quieter using the device. View the paper here.