In Great Britain, under the Noise at Work Regulations 2005, employers must protect their workers from Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) and other conditions associated with exposure to excessive noise, such as acoustic shock and tinnitus.
Measuring and controlling noise can be a challenge for many businesses but is especially challenging in manufacturing, engineering, and construction, where roles, locations and shift patterns often change.
How can I monitor the noise levels in my workplace?
By using a sound level meter, health and safety practitioners can undertake a detailed series of individual noise measurements, which will help to determine the typical exposures of people at risk.
Ideally, your sound level meter should be at least:
- A Class 2 Integrating Averaging sound level meter
- Measure the ‘A’ weighted average noise level (LAeq)
- Measure the ‘C’ weighted noise level (CPeak)
A sound level meter such as the Pulsar Nova Noise at Work meter would be ideal for this type of measurement.
To work out an individual’s noise exposure, the LAeq must be taken for each ‘task’ undertaken by an employee, and then the results should be added together to determine the individual’s overall exposure over their shift.
Enhance your measurements with the Pulsar Nova
The Model 44 Class 2 Integrating sound level meter takes compliant noise levels and includes everything you need for Noise at Work assessments, including simultaneous measurement of key noise parameters.
The high-performance but simple to use sound level meter also includes data logging and Pulsar’s license-free software, AnalyzerPlus, which allows you to download your noise measurement data for analysis and to create a variety of compliant reports for your working environment.
Key features include:
- Decibel meter with simple keypad operation
- Simultaneous measurement of all key noise parameters
- Made with a durable metal case
- Meets IEC 61672-1:2003 and the requirements of the Noise at Work Regulations
- 30-hour battery life
Even better clarity with the Pulsar Nova
The newest version of the Pulsar Nova sound level meter incorporates a TFT display screen which offers greater clarity of text and colours in any light condition.
This sound level meter visually shows the noise levels in the workplace whilst measurements are being taken, and now these measurements are even easier to read as the TFT screen can show complex graphical images of noise levels in full colour.
Speak to the experts at Pulsar Instruments to find out more about measuring and monitoring the noise in your workplace and how the Pulsar Nova can help you by visiting www.pulsarinstruments.com, by calling +44 1723 339715 or emailing [email protected].