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Noise Monitoring Survey

Workplace Noise Assessments 

 

Our workplace noise assessments involve so much more than waving a sound meter around your workplace. On a recent noise assessment project at a global spice factory, based in Buckinghamshire, we were able to identify specific sources of noise and made precise engineering recommendations to tackle these. Some of these noise sources included peeling plastic or tape in a packaging machines, high frequency noise from a motors, a mechanical fault with a hoist,  and induced vibration in a roller shutter door from compressors.

From the frequency / octave band analysis we have identified the most appropriate noise attenuating materials for such things as enclosures, vibration isolation, acoustic lining for motor compartment. Other noise control solutions were also proposed.

Following recommendations and minor remedials several areas which were previous ‘Hearing Protection Required’ zones could be reclassified as ‘Hearing Protection Recommended’ or declassified completely.

We were also able to specify certain tasks that needed hearing protection.

As part of our report, we quantified employee compliance with foam earplugs and found that most operators used no hearing protection at all. After some investigation, we found that the earplugs were difficult to insert correctly and, in fact, provided too much noise protection, so operators could not hear each other. Most simply took them out. The client was surprised at the low compliance, but we pointed out that the ear plugs were difficult to see under the hairnet and beard snood. In the end, we recommended Peltor Earmuffs, which provided less noise protection, so operators could hear each other. Crucially, the earmuffs are highly visible, making hearing protection much easier to enforce.

If you are looking for comprehensive workplace noise surveys which meet all of the BOHS / HSE recommendations 

Please contact us for a quotation.

Why Occuaptional Hygiene Is Important

 

What is Occupation Hygiene and why

does it matter?

 

Occupational hygiene describes the prevention of ill-health in the workplace by managing health risks which arise from exposure to hazardous substances. An Occupational Hygienist will undertake a study of the workplace health risks, which will include monitoring for hazardous substances, a report will be compiled on these findings and control measures will be suggested to reduce health risks. Occupational Hygiene is important because exposure to hazardous substances, both short and long-term, can cause a range of illnesses from allergic reactions, skin or breathing problems, to cancers. Our Occupational Hygienist will look at ways that these health risks can be reduced by reducing exposure to the hazardous substances.

 

 

Occupational hygiene is the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, control, and confirmation of protection from hazards at work that may result in injury, illness, or affect the well being of workers. These hazards or stressors are typically divided into the categories biological, chemical, physical, ergonomic and psychosocial.     

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Why Use R&B Industrial?

 

Unlike many of our competitors’ reports, our surveys include recommended control measures. This will help your organisation to identify the most cost effective way to reduce your employees’ exposure to hazards, for example through substitution with less hazardous substances/processes or the use of LEV Systems.

Our engineering team can also implement most COSHH & DSEAR control measures, and we have particular expertise in the design, installation and modification of LEV and explosion protection systems. Our approach generally reduces costs as duplication of engineering design and consultancy across multiple organisations is avoided – reducing workload and facilitating efficient communication and administration.

 

Further Services

R&B Industrial can also offer the following services, in conjunction with a PAM visit, as part of a single cost-effective package:

  • ‘Swab’ samples for assessing health / skin absorption risk.
  • Qualitative & quantitative Face Fit Testing (for RPE).
  • Breathing Air Quality Testing.
  • Full workplace noise surveys, including recommended equipment modifications, e.g. enclosures, attenuation, dampening etc., as well as implementation of these modifications.
  • DSEAR Risk Assessments and Hazardous Area Classification, including advice on ATEX compliance and guidance on reducing the extent of zones. This can be coordinated with assessment and implementation of COSHH controls.
  • LEV Initial Assessments and Thorough Examination and Testing.
  • Review of your filtration / filter requirements; we can provide a whole range of very competitive industrial filters; liquid, dust, fume, gas and air.
  • Stack Emissions Monitoring.
  • Fire Risk Assessments.

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New Award 2019!

 

 

What fantastic news to end the year on for 2019!!

 

 

On Monday 9th December R&B Industrial received a new award to add to our growing shelf for achieving outstanding results for Business Growth 2019 from Action Coach.

We work very closely with Action Coach Solent who help us sculpt promising ideas and plans on how to grow as a business, so we were of course delighted they presented us with this award at the recent christmas event!

Thank you to all of our employees who go above and beyond to make this happen. All their hard work has been a great team effort to enable us to even be considered for this accolade.

 

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Company News June-July

company news june to july

 

Everyone at R & B Industrial would like to thank you to say Test Valley Borough Council for supporting our business and progression of employees by funding some recent training courses. These courses will not only benefit just ourselves but customers who are looking for a company who can help in all aspects of project management. 

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One of our Senior Projects Engineers, Julian, recently passed an industry specific P604 course in Leicester in June. This course is particularly suited to LEV topic specialists, Health and Safety or Occupational Hygiene professionals, Managers, Supervisors and Building and Services engineers. The course provides the advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of LEV to prove competence for TExT and System Design.

Raja, Grzes and Morgan recently completed a P602 course in Leicestershire which equips delegates with the basic skills to be able to specify LEV systems, including calculating an appropriate benchmark for correct hood selection, using Fletcher’s Nomogram/Equations for captor hood design, calculating system pressure losses and specifying an appropriate fan.

We really do appreciate all the help and support TVBC has given our company over the last few years.

Test Valley Borough Council has secured £0.5m to improve skills in Andover as part of the planning agreement for Andover Business Park. The Council is using this sum to encourage Andover businesses employing up to 100 persons to offer skills training to Andover residents.

Due to continued expansion and growth R & B industrial have taken on a new an Electrical Electronics engineer and a new Electrical design engineer. We welcome you both aboard and look forward to a long-lasting relationship with you both.