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Safeguarding employee health: Monitoring occupational noise

27 February 2024

CIRRUS RESEARCH highlights the importance of monitoring noise levels and employing advanced technology to maintain safe working conditions across various sectors.

Occupational noise is a critical health and safety issue that transcends industry boundaries. In any work environment, ensuring the wellbeing of employees is paramount. Among the various risks that workers face, noise pollution stands out as a significant concern with serious implications for health and safety.

To address this issue effectively and to comply with regulations, the implementation of occupational noise measurement tools is essential.

Promoting Hearing Health

Exposure to high levels of noise can result in irreversible hearing damage. Regardless of the industry, be in manufacturing, construction, or any sector involving machinery and equipment, employees may be subjected to harmful noise levels. 

By adopting occupational noise measurement tools, organisations can accurately assess noise exposure throughout their operations. This data enables the identification of hazardous areas and the implementation of noise control measures, such as hearing protection or the adoption of quieter work practices, to safeguard employees’ hearing. 

Ensuring Regulatory Compliance

Adhering to occupational noise regulations, like the Control of Noise at Work Regulations, is crucial for all industries to protect employee health and avoid legal repercussions. Occupational noise monitoring equipment is designed to meet rigorous standards, facilitating precise data collection and assisting businesses in complying with legal requirements.

Facilitating Personalised Risk Assessments

With the aid of noise measurement equipment, employers can conduct personalised risk assessments for their workforce.

Monitoring noise levels in real-time and evaluating exposure duration helps in identifying employees at greater risk of hearing damage. Armed with this information, employers can initiate targeted measures, such as providing adequate hearing protection and introduction engineering controls to reduce noise at the source.

How Cirrus Research Can Assist

Cirrus Research offers a suite tailored for measuring and monitoring occupational noise, supporting the health and safety of workers across any industry. 

  • The Optimus+ Red Sound Level Meter: Simplify data capture with a single button press, streamline setup and leverage Bluetooth connectivity for remote operation.
  • The doseBadge5 Personal Noise Dosimeter: Features real-time octave band analysis and Bluetooth functionality for easy programming and measurement scheduling – ideal for monitoring individual employees personal noise exposure.
  • The Quantum Indoor: A cloud-based noise monitoring system designed for hassle-free long-term indoor noise tracking – allows for continuous monitoring with all data being pushed to the Cirrus Research cloud platform, MyCirrus Cloud.

You can discover more about the Cirrus Research's solutions and how they can help you monitor and manage noise in your workplace by visiting their website. 

Occupational noise monitoring is an ongoing necessity, not a one-off task. Its tools offer features like data logging and analysis, enabling organisations to monitor noise trends over time. This information is crucial for identifying problem areas, assessing the impact of noise control measures, and continuously improving noise management practices. By regularly evaluating and enhancing their approach to noise management, businesses can foster a safer and healthier working environment for everyone.

Speak to their expert team today to find out more by calling +44 1723 891655 or by emailing sales@cirrusresearch.com