Noise measurements maybe required to support planning applications, show regulatory compliance, or as a follow up to noise complaints. Planning Policy may require assessment of noise to comply or be assessed to PPG24 or BS4142. Noise level at a measurement point is rarely steady, even in rural areas, and varies over a range dependent upon the effects of local noise sources, therefore, it is necessary to consider how to quantify the existing noise (the ambient noise) to account for these second to second variations.
With regard to noise in the workplace, employers are required to assess staff exposure to noise under the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005. Research estimates that over 1.1million people are exposed to noise levels above 85dB(A) and as a result 170,000 are suffering from tinnitus, deafness or other ear conditions. Over 17,000 suffered noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) for 2014 alone.
Envirodat consultants are able to measure and assess the impacts of noise. We can provide a comprehensive report so that action can be taken to reduce exposures, identify when employees are exposed to excessive noise, show compliance or where control is required. Envirodat staff are experienced in taking samples for mapping areas of risk, measuring personal exposure by use of noise dosimeters or assess the effectiveness of hearing protection.
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