Our workplace noise assessments are “competent”
as required by The Control of Noise at Work Regulations
Carrying out a Workplace
If the employees work at fixed positions, the
noise will be measured beside each person. If
the employees move around, the noise will be measured
as they do this. The noise levels measured will
then be combined with information on work patterns,
shift durations, meal and tea breaks, to determine
the daily personal noise exposure level, LEP,d,
of the employees. We then compare the employees’
LEP,d to the lower and upper action values defined
in The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005.
We also measure the peak sound pressure levels
for comparison to the peak action value, of 140dB(C),
though this is not usually exceeded.
If appropriate, our report will include recommendations
on noise control of machines and tools, provision
of acoustic enclosures, havens, barriers and absorption,
setting up of hearing protection zones, provision
of suitable and effective hearing protection,
and information to employees. In short it will
be “competent” in terms of the Regulations,
providing you with all the necessary advice that
you will need to ensure you can then comply with
We use a Brüel & Kjær Modular Precision
Analyzer Type 2260, loaded with the Enhanced Sound
Analysis Software Type BZ7202, to measure the
noise. This is the most accurate and reliable
hand-held sound level meter available on the market,
and as such it is ideal for conducting a thorough
analysis of the noise.
The noise measurements are made by either Charlie
Fleming or Peter Hubbard. Other companies may
leave their instruments supervised by a technician
or person with no knowledge of acoustics. (Peter
has an honours degree in acoustics and several
years experience in workplace noise). Analysis
of the results and calculations are usually carried
out by Peter, supervised by Charlie. The report
is prepared by Charlie.
From start to finish your assessment will be dealt
with by experienced, highly qualified acousticians.
Some other companies do not have this experience
and the consequences of this are outlined in Why
Choose Charlie Fleming Associates?