Noise at Work

Noise at Work needn’t be a problem in the workplace. dBAlert is an excellent addition in the measurement of noise in the workplace to give workers a clear warning of dangerous noise levels and allows them to use hearing protection.

If the risk assessment indicates that there is a risk to the health of his employees who are, or are liable to be, exposed to noise, the employer shall ensure that such employees are placed under suitable health surveillance, which shall include testing of their hearing. (Regulation 9 of The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005)

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations (2005) came into force to help protect hearing from workers. Excessive noise levels can seriously damage hearing and the regulations are intended to guide employers and company owners in their responsibilities.

The regulations are part of the European Union Directives which combine the regulations for member countries and are also used in other parts of the world.

The level at which employers must provide hearing protection is now 85 decibels and the level at which employers must assess the risk to workers’ health and provide them with information and training is now 80 decibels.

So, where machines are not operated all of the time, or where noise sources move around in a factory it might be very difficult to instruct employees to make their own judgement about when and where to wear ear protection.

dBAlert provides a novel solution to this widespread dilemma. As with all Castle Group sound level meter equipment, dBAlert is designed to be useful and practical. dBAlert is a sound level meter which is set to activate at a set sound level and deactivate when that sound level reduces below the set level.

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