Control of Noise at Work: keeping up to date with the latest regulations

Noise Action Week 2019

The Control of Noise at Work regulations

The Control of Noise at Work regulations is something that all managers who are responsible for staff working in noisy environments of over 85dB(A) need to be aware of. Under the Control of Noise at Work regulations 2005 (Noise Regulations 2005), employers have a duty to provide employees with information, instructions and training.  Courses exist to help raise the awareness of noise as a risk. Their aim is to help professionals such as environmental health officers, safety officers or site managers increase their knowledge and perception of the risk level and encourage correct use of PPE in the workplace.

Regular Noise awareness training is key

Pulsar Instruments is a respected provider of noise awareness courses. Their ‘One Day Awareness Courses' focus on key facts and give delegates from any background an understanding of the issues relating to the measurement and control of noise in their workplace.  It is also suitable as a 'refresher course' for customers who may not have used noise measuring equipment such as sound level meters for some time.

Pulsar Instruments runs one-day awareness courses to help safety professionals answer the following questions:

  • How can we determine whether our organisation has a noise problem and, if so, who is at risk?
  • How do we comply with the NEW ‘Controlling Noise in the Workplace' regulations?
  • What do we need to measure and why should I calibrate my sound monitoring equipment?
  • How do we apply my measurements to the NEW action levels and legal limits?
  • What should we do if we exceed any of these levels or limits?

Comprehensive Workshop Program

  • Introduction and Welcome
  • Basic Noise Theory.  What is sound? The decibel scale, adding and subtracting noise levels
  • Noise Units and Terminology: What are the basic units used for noise measurement, and what terminology will you find when using noise measurement instruments?
  • The EU Physical Agents (Noise) Directive: What are the key changes in the new regulations & how will they affect noise risk assessments and surveys?
  • Noise Control Basics: The basics of noise control, reverberation in large spaces and simple noise control applications
  • How to measure Noise: What instruments are suitable for different applications, area measurements and personal noise exposure measurements?
  • Using Sound Level Meters & Noise Dosemeters: Practical considerations of using noise measurement instrumentation for ‘real world measurements'
  • Recording information & reporting noise measurements: Reporting noise measurements and providing an ‘Action Plan'
  • Practical Workshop: Your chance to make some noise measurements under the guidance of experienced professionals
  • Worked Examples then Open Discussion: Delegates will get the valuable opportunity to reflect and practice within the group what we have learnt during the day

The course includes a practical session to give delegates a clear revision of noise terminology and the use of Sound Level Meters and Personal Noise Dosemeters.

Delegates can take a variety of measurements with their own equipment or that loaned by the company on the day.

Existing Pulsar customers can attend a further session where they will be given detailed guidance on the correct use of their own instrumentation and how to interpret the results using their Pulsar software.

The next course will be held at Birmingham Science Museum, 11 June 2019

Other dates in 2019 include:

* Wednesday 18 September 2018 - York National Railway Museum - Places available

Contact us for more information.

This article is written in support of Noise Action Week 2019.


Find out more about the Noise at Work Regulations.