All workplaces have a duty to keep noise levels to a minimum to avoid causing both temporary and permanent damage to the hearing and health of their employees. A loss of hearing can have a serious effect on an individuals, which is why the UK government state that all businesses must adhere to the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005.
When building a new workspace, or converting a premises, designers and construction teams should take into account the way noise could affect employees health, and incorporate design aspects that help eliminate the travel of excessive noise.
Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005
The law states that all businesses must ‘eliminate or reduce risks to health and safety from noise at work.’ This includes ensuring that day to day work does not exceed the legal limits on noise exposure, checking all equipment for noise levels and making appropriate changes to reduce the levels, along with giving all employees training in noise issues within the workplace.
What can be done during construction?
In order to prevent future workplace problems with noise, those constructing or converting a business premises should have pre-completion sound insulation tests or acoustic testing carried out. This not only helps future occupiers of the premises, but is required by UK Building Regulations.
Should the acoustic testing find that the existing sound insulation is insufficient and likely to cause problems once the premises is occupied, then appropriate changes should be made. Buildings and rooms can be soundproofed through the installation of soundproof pads or insulation materials to the walls, and soundproof doors. This will help prevent issues with excessive or disruptive noise once building work is complete and the workplace becomes occupied.
Here at ATSPACE, we provide acoustic testing services that can help businesses comply with legislation regarding noise levels in the workplace. If you would like more information about our acoustic testing services and how we can help, get in touch by calling 0800 917 8922.