Sound Level Meters
What is a sound level meter?
Watch this short introduction of the Nova, our latest professional sound level meter for the measurement of noise at work, for a general overview.
A sound level meter is a hand-held device fitted with a microphone that allows you to determine the acoustic intensity and to measure the sound pressure level. All Pulsar Instruments’ sound level meters are suitable for professional application including measurement of noise at work and environmental noise.
Noise that reach harmful levels can cause noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). If left uncontrolled or allowed to continue over a period of time, noise can create vast damage to people’s hearing including permanent deafness. In some cases, it can lead to substantial expenses due to the loss of skilled workforce, early retirement and compensation via civil court action.
A sound level meter is held at arm’s length at the ear height of those exposed to the noise at work. It is used by a competent person to measure and record noise levels accurately over a period of time and determine whether they exceeds legal limits set by relevant national or international regulations. A compliant sound level meter is one of the key tools used in any serious hearing conservation programme and compliance with health and safety legislation.
Class 1 or Class 2 sound level meter?
Sound level meters are divided into two “classes” (previously referred to as “types”) which both have the same functionality but different tolerances for error. Class 1 instruments have a wider frequency range and a tighter tolerance than a lower cost, Class 2 meter. This applies to both the sound level meter and its acoustic calibrator. Most occupational standards for noise allow the use of “at least a Class 2 sound level meter“.
Pulsar Instruments has an extensive range of instruments designed for Health and Safety Managers to help them conduct effective and accurate workplace noise measurements. Our sound level meters range from the most basic to advanced measurement instruments to meet specific measurement and reporting needs.
A sound level meter for all work applications and environments
Below is a summary of our sound level meters. For more detail on each product, please click on the relevant hyperlinks:
- The new Nova range of integrating, averaging sound level meters comprises of high performance meters with a large internal memory capability for high volumes of data storage, extensive battery life and an impressive measurement range. These sound level meters are the instrument of choice of the health and safety professionals seeking to undertake compliant occupational noise monitoring or for frequency analysis of industrial and environmental noise.
- All the sound level meters in the Pulsar Quantifier range are data logging and are perfect if you want to collate noise measurements over a period of time. They can come complete with strong weatherproof measurement kits if short or medium term outdoor noise monitoring is required.
- The Pulsar Assessor range is ideal for the measurement of industrial noise. All meters are non-data logging and are ideal for those who prefer to record the noise measurement data by hand. The Assessor sound level meters are easy to use with a simple ‘on’ and ‘stop’ switch and a screen to display the noise level in decibels.
- Finally, Pulsar Model 14 is a low-cost handheld sound level meter which takes only instantaneous noise measurements. Perfect to carry out a quick, basic noise survey or general noise assessments in an industrial setting.