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Noise and Vibration Risk Assessments

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 and The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 require employers to prevent or reduce risks to health and safety from exposure to noise and/or vibration at work.

Noise is probably the most widespread and underestimated of workplace hazards and noise risk assessments can be very complex.  As a result, our consultants use only modern, data logging sound level meters with which measurements are taken to assess the average exposure an individual is subjected to throughout the day and also measure any ‘peaks’ of noise which could result in instant hearing damage.

OM Safety Solutions Ltd can offer the following services relating to Noise at Work:

  • Noise at Work Assessment
  • PPG24 – Environmental Noise Survey (Planning)
  • Sound Insulation Testing (Part E Building Regulations) Industrial Noise (BS4142)
  • Entertainment Noise
  • Construction Noise
  • Environmental Noise (General)

The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 came into force on 6 July 2005.  Anyone who is regularly and frequently exposed to high levels of vibration can suffer permanent injury and where it is a problem it presents a serious health issue. Vibration hazards at work usually present themselves in two forms:

Whole body vibration (WBV) is where the body is shaken by a machine or vehicle. WBV is caused by vibration transmitted from machinery, vehicles or sometimes through the floor. The most widely reported WBV injury is back pain. Drivers of some mobile machines, including certain tractors, fork-lift trucks and quarrying or earth-moving machinery, may be exposed to WBV and shocks which are associated with back pain.

Hand-arm vibration (HAV) is where the vibration effect is localised to a particular part of the body. Exposure to hand-arm vibration may result in a range of health effects collectively known as Hand- Arm Vibration Syndrome or HAVS. Workers may be exposed to HAV when operating hand-held power tools such as road breakers or when holding materials being worked by machines such as pedestal grinders. The most well-known health effect is vibration white finger, but other effects include damage to joints, muscles and tendons, to the vascular or blood circulatory system, and to the sensory nerves in the hands and arms.

Our consultants will be able to carry out risk assessments and provide advice and assistance on:

  • Reducing the noise/vibration source that produces those risks;
  • Recommending the correct hearing protection if the noise exposure cannot be reduced using other methods;
  • Ensuring the legal limits are not exceeded;
  • Provide your employees with information, instruction and training, and carry out health surveillance where there is a risk to health.

Contact us to find out how we can help your business remain safe and compliant, or to arrange a free consultation with one of our expert consultants

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