It’s essential to protect your hearing, especially if you spend a lot of time in noisy environments.
Damage to your hearing happens when you are exposed to noises louder than 85 decibels (dB) for a prolonged period.
You can take action to defend your hearing from excessive noise with our comprehensive range of earplugs that will protect your ears from damage, no matter how noisy your environment.
Noise at work
What do the regulations require you to do?
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 (Noise Regulations 2005) require employers to prevent or reduce risks to health and safety from exposure to noise at work. Employees have duties under the Regulations too.
The Regulations require employers to:
- Assess the risks to employees from noise at work
- Take action to reduce the noise exposure that produces those risks
- Provide employees with hearing protection if they cannot reduce the noise exposure enough by using other methods
- Make sure the legal limits on noise exposure are not exceeded
- Provide employees with information, instruction and training
- Carry out health surveillance where there is a risk to health
The Regulations do not apply to:
- Members of the public exposed to noise from their non-work activities, or making an informed choice to go to noisy places
- Low-level noise that is a nuisance but causes no risk of hearing damage
Noise levels – What are the action levels and limit values?
The Noise Regulations require employers to take specific action at certain action values. These relate to the levels of exposure to noise of your employees averaged over a working day or week; and the maximum noise (peak sound pressure) to which employees are exposed in a working day.
The values are:
Lower exposure action values:
Daily or weekly exposure of 80 dB; peak sound pressure of 135 dB;
Upper exposure action values:
Daily or weekly exposure of 85 dB; peak sound pressure of 137 dB.
There are also levels of noise exposure which must not be exceeded. These are called exposure limit values:
Daily or weekly exposure of 87 dB; peak sound pressure of 140 dB.
Further information is available here: www.hse.gov.uk/noise/protect.htm
Hearing Protection Products
Malmo Hearing are now able to provide an extensive range of hearing protection products. Shown below are a number of products and we will be adding more soon. Please contact us for further details or if you have specific requirements which you would like to discuss.