Noise Surveys and Control

Exposure to high levels of noise can irreparably damage the hearing of employees, profoundly affecting their ability to communicate, interact in the workplace and their quality of life.  Damage can be avoided by ensuring that employees are not exposed to hazardous levels of noise.

Noise at work can cause hearing loss which can be temporary or permanent. While people may recover from temporary deafness after leaving a noisy place, continuous exposure to loud noise are likely to suffer permanent damage. This includes muffled hearing, inability to keep up with conversations and difficulty using the telephone. They may also develop tinnitus (ringing in the ears)

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We undertake workplace and environmental noise assessments, meeting the requirement of the Control of Noise at Work Regulations (2005), in order to evaluate and advise on appropriate measures to manage the risk.

R&B Industrial can provide a Total Compliance Package (see relevant section) from Noise survey and monitoring to management, control and noise reduction solutions, this can include:

  • Pre-assessment visits
  • Noise assessments / surveys
  • Recommendations for health surveillance, audiometry testing, PPE etc.
  • Assistance with Implementation of a Noise control / reduction program
  • Feasibility, design manufacture and installation of noise control solutions, for instance
    • Quieter and more energy efficient fans.
    • Acoustic enclousures, acoustic louvers.
    • Silencers for new and existing systems.
    • Vibration isolation and dampening; anti-vibration mounts, acoustic matting, Machinery isolation, flexible connectors.
    • Noise absorption, including all sound absorption materials
    • Improvements in ventilation duct and system design in order to reduce noise levels
    • Quieter pneumatic/compressed air applications etc.

Our other testing / compliance services include:

  • Ventilation systems and LEV Testing (P601 qualified Engineers)
  • COSHH Assessments
  • Personal Air Sampling
  • DSEAR Risk Assessments and Hazard Area Zoning
  • Recommendations and Support

HSEguidance for noise at work 2005

Further information can be found on the HSE WEB site: