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The critical role of noise and vibration monitoring at work

02 April 2024

ACCORDING TO the UK's Health and Safety Executive (HSE), exposure to noise above certain limits can lead to permanent hearing loss. Exposure to excessive vibration can lead to musculoskeletal disorders, nerve damage, and even cardiovascular problems.

Who's at risk for noise and vibration damage at work?

The cacophony of a construction site, the rumble of heavy machinery, the constant noise on a factory floor - these are just some of the obvious, everyday sounds that can pose serious health risks for workers.

But it's not just loud machinery and heavy equipment that are cause for concern. Countless other jobs, such as music industry workers, drivers, and even the likes of restaurant workers can also potentially be at risk. 

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 (CNWR 2005) and The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 (CVWR 2005) both identifies construction workers to be “high risk” to overexposure to both noise and vibration in the workplace. 

Following the relevant regulations and implementing proper controls are crucial for employers to protect their workers' health and well-being from the often invisible dangers of noise and vibration. By understanding the risks and taking proactive measures, we can ensure that the sounds of work do not become a painful echo in the years to come. 

Compliance with these regulations is not only critical for employee health and safety but also avoids potential legal and financial repercussions. Failure to adequately control noise and vibration can lead to fines, prosecutions, and civil compensation claims.

Sound, noise and vibration monitoring solutions from Shawcity

Utilising the latest advances in measurement technology, Shawcity has an extensive sound, noise and vibration instrument portfolio to suit all applications.

Shawcity is a trusted supplier of Svantek and HAVi instrumentation which offers precise monitoring to enable workers and employers to navigate compliance confidently. 

More than a supplier, Shawcity is a partner and advisor in your worker protection journey. Its expert staff provide knowledge and proactive guidance, helping you implement the right protective measures to prevent short- or long-term damage to health. Contact Shawcity today to discuss your monitoring requirements or to request a free product demonstration.

For more information, visit www.shawcity.co.uk