Sound noise testing solutions for ensuring Noise at Work compliance
Read why you should trust Pulsar latest noise measurement technology
Noise testing solutions from Pulsar Instruments
When it comes to ensuring compliance with the Noise at Work Regulations (2005) in an industrial setting such as a factory, workshop, warehouse or a construction site, one thing is for sure: you need outstanding noise testing and noise monitoring technology to obtain the best results.
The Noise at Work Regulations (2005) is made up of different action levels and responsibilities placed on the employer or the person responsible for health and safety. Simply, their aim is to eliminate or minimise risks to health from workplace noise.
As the person responsible, you will be expected to take suitable action at certain noise levels in order to comply with the Regulations. Detailed advice from the Health and Safety Executive in the UK can be consulted here.
The only way to ensure that you have or do not have a problem with noise at work is to measure it and collate the required evidence. Simply put, the noise measurement data you will need to produce is concerned with your staff exposure to noise over time. There are two main values to bear in mind when conducting a noise assessment. These are:
- Continuous A-weighted sound pressure level (LAeq). This is the sound a member of staff is exposed to during a shift or a working day.
- Maximum C-weighted peak sound pressure level(s) to which a member of staff is exposed (can be shown as LCPeak). These may be the loud bangs in a work environment.
If the terms above seem unfamiliar, we have written a blog on acoustic terms that you may encounter as part of your work if you are involved in noise measurement. Please consult our blog for further information or visit our Acoustic Glossary section on our website.
Pulsar Nova Noise testing solution
Currently, there are many noise testing meters such as sound level meters or noise exposure meters on the market but the latest technology available is the Pulsar Nova. This is a new range of advanced integrating sound level meters developed specifically for HSE professionals who need robust, compliant and easy to use noise measurement technology to help them carry out noise assessments.
This portable integrating sound level meter is available as a Class 1 or Class 2 meter and is ideal for conducting on the spot or more complex noise testing assessments in a work environment at the best possible price.
All noise measurement parameters specified in the Noise Regulations are displayed in around 3 seconds on a high-resolution OLED colour screen, a major step forward on previous technology. A bar graph shows real-time fluctuations in the sound pressure level. Depending on the Nova model selected, you will be able to check the different frequency weightings such as: the RMS and peak level (Peak) for (A, C and Z) including the C-A function which uses the HML calculation method for the selection of hearing protection as shown on the image below.
Noise testing technology with benefits:
- Impressive 30 hour battery life (6 X AA batteries / supplied)
- High definition colour OLED, large anti-glare display for use in all weather conditions
- 4GB removable memory card
- Dynamic range of 20dB(A) to 140dB(A) and 143dB(C)
- Sturdy outer metal case
- Strong LEMO pre-amplifier connector
- Simultaneous measurement of all key parameters
- Calibration prompt
Pulsar Instruments supply a range of noise testing solutions such as sound level meters that are designed for use by safety professionals in a wide range of working environments. If you want more information and advice on how to control your employees' exposure to noise at work with the Pulsar Nova noise testing meters, why not call Pulsar Instruments on 01723 518011?