In any industrial or commercial environment, noise control is becomingly increasingly important. According to the HSE, 17,000 people in the UK suffer deafness, tinnitus and ear conditions as a result excessive noise levels at work. As an employer, it is your responsibility to reduce these risks. The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 are in place to ensure that the health of your employees is put first. If you don’t adhere to these regulations, you could face a costly lawsuit in the future!
Whilst these regulations may at first seem onerous, they do make sense to keep your employees safe and productive. Here are some things you need to do if you want to control sound at work.
ASSESS THE RISK
One of the most important things for any employer that works in a noisy environment is to assess risks regularly. This will allow you to identify any potential problems so that you can then identify the preventative steps you need to take. After assessing the risk, you should think about protective equipment and other things that are required to manage sound. You should then create a plan which outlines each employee’s responsibility, as well as the immediate risks and priorities.
CONSIDER NOISE CONTROL
There are lots of acoustic engineering options available which can help you to reduce sound. Acoustic barriers are a popular choice as they are a cost-effective solution and can be installed around noisy electrical equipment. Noise havens are another great choice! They create a quiet place where employees can work and communicate with each other, away from all the noise.
Kimpton can design and install an acoustic engineering solution to suit your needs. If you would like to discuss your requirements or find out more about this service, please call 0151 343 1963.