Individual noise monitoring devices are becoming easier to operate and are widely used in the workplace to show compliance with the noise regulations. So we believe there is a big gap waiting to be filled with personal noise dosimetry – and there’s never been a better time for safety and health professionals to include these as part of their ‘noise safe’ strategy.
Safe, comfortable to wear and virtually tamper-proof
This monitoring device in the shape of a small cone mounts on any garment or protective clothing or equipment (helmet) without causing any damage. Contained in a strong cast alloy metal case, it is a safe and comfortable system to wear and virtually tamper-proof. All of the set up and post processing is done via infra-red communication with its Reader Unit, similar to a television remote control. Personal noise dosimetry is ideal for all industrial noise exposure measurements such as in construction, manufacturing or in confined spaces and will take a lot of ‘punishment’.
It is easy to use and anyone with the minimum amount of training will be able to operate the system and software to carry out effectively their noise risk assessment surveys. Following this link to view a short video to demonstrate Pulsar doseBadge personal noise dosimetry method.
Easy to use and low in running costs
Pulsar doseBadge system allows up to 30 hours per measurement and is low in running costs. The device itself has an internal rechargeable battery. The Reader Unit has an integral acoustic calibrator so no need to carry an extra calibrator unit which you would need to do when using a sound level meter. Results can be read from the Reader Unit. It is worth noting that up to 250 noise measurements can be stored in its memory, so important information is always available and easy to use for quick reports.
This type of system allows you to analyse exactly what happens throughout a working day or shift for a mobile member of staff. It will provide you with a full time history for ‘A’ weighted Leq and ‘C’ weighted Peak required for compliance with the Noise Regulations together with other key measurement parameters.
Brand new personal noise dosimeter added to range
Pulsar has recently launched a brand new personal noise dosimeter called the NoisePen which is entirely self-contained and is fully operational via USB to a PC. This particular innovation is also worn on the operator thanks to a number of fixing options and will capture noise exposure doses for over 30 hours. Noise measurements can be scheduled for up to 28 days in advance. As per other noise dosimeters, the NoisePen is ideal for us with employees who are exposed to different noisy machinery over a working day, those working alone, away from a fixed base such as in vehicle cabins or with staff working shift.
In this case also, the personal noise dosimeter is configured and then fixed on the wearer, 10cms away from the ear, at the start of the working day and left to run. The NoisePen is a specialised sound level meter that will measure individual exposure to noise over a set duration. It will store and calculate parameters required to comply with occupational noise regulations. Once the measurements end, the personal noise dosimeter is stopped and removed, measurements are downloaded on to a PC via a USB cable and a report generated.
Here are Typical Time History Graphs produced using the Pulsar personal noise dosimetry reporting software:
So, what’s stopping you? Find out more
Clearly, personal noise dosimeters are useful noise monitoring devices in the workplace – plus they come with reporting software – you can create yours quickly and transform measurements into informative and professional looking reports.
So, what’s stopping you? Call us now on 01723 518011 to see how personal noise dosimetry can help your overall noise measurement strategy. Unsure about the use of personal noise dosimetry versus sound level meters? Check out an earlier post we wrote on this subject here.
- New Personal Noise Dosemeter launched
- Noise dosemeter video – Pulsar NoisePen
- How to get the most of your Pulsar noise dosemeter software
This blog appeared first on Pulsar Instruments’ website on 12/05/2015.
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