workplace noise risk assessments

Workplace Noise Risk Assessments

Physical dangers like fire and electrical risks are often top of mind for employers, but unseen safety hazards are no less important. Uncontrolled noise in the workplace can leave staff with life-long hearing damage – and it’s down to business owners to keep levels in check. Are you taking the right precautions?
Eliza Bonecka

Sustained noise exposure can lead to tinnitus (a constant ringing in the ears) and even permanent hearing loss. Under the Control of Noise at Work Regulations (2005), employers are required to perform suitable and sufficient noise risk assessments, keeping workplace noise levels as low as is reasonably practicable.


Our experienced consultants accurately measure noise in the workplace using the latest technology in personal dose monitoring and static area measurements. In line with current HSE recommendations, your noise assessment will: 

- Identify where there may be a risk from noise and who is likely to be affected

- Contain a reliable estimate of your employees' exposures, and compare the exposure with the exposure action values and limit values

- Identify what you need to do to comply with the law, e.g. whether noise-control measures or hearing protection are needed, and, if so, where and what type 

- Identify any employees requiring health surveillance and whether any are at particular risk



We follow up every noise assessment with a detailed overview of the areas and processes posing the greatest risk to your employees. You’ll also receive practical plans and cost-effective measures to minimise noise in the workplace and protect the wellbeing of your workers, including: 

  • Machinery noise reduction measures
  • Adequate hearing protection for employees
  • Ongoing health surveillance for staff members at particular risk of noise exposure, including regular hearing checks, medical record keeping and doctor’s visits
  • We’ll also provide guidance on measuring the continued effectiveness of your noise reduction programme. 
For expert advice on reducing workplace noise levels or to book a noise risk assessment, get in touch with the team.

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