Choose Charlie Fleming Associates?
We can normally carry out noise assessments at
one or two day’s notice, if you are under
pressure from the health and safety inspector,
or insurance company. If we say we will get the
assessment to you by a certain date, we will.
We can compete on price and give 15% and 20% discounts
for retained commissions.
When we provide a quotation we stick to it. That
is what you pay, regardless of how long it actually
takes us to carry out the assessment.
No Disruption of
We work around you, measuring the noise during
a normal day’s production, not disrupting
it in any way.
Other acoustic consultant’s methods can
lead to expensive noise control measures being
put in place which are not necessary. The reasons
for this follow.
and False Economies
Certain companies conduct what they call "workplace
noise assessments" for lower fees than we
quote. This is because they do not conduct the
assessment as thoroughly as we do. In particular,
their approach may involve a technician, (one
company even sends a secretary), simply fitting
noise dosemeters to the employees at the start
of the day, leaving the premises and collecting
the dosemeters a few hours later.
The disadvantage of this method is that dosemeters
always record higher noise levels than are actually
present, due to body reflections and employees
singing, shouting into and otherwise tampering
with the instrument. In turn, this means the employer
has to pay for hearing protection and/or noise
control that is not in fact needed. The acceptance
of an assessment of this type can therefore be
a false economy. Furthermore, the use of dosemeters
precludes the provision of the detailed advice
on noise control which is required by The Control
of Noise at Work Regulations. To then complete
the assessment properly, companies using dosimetry
will have to revisit the premises to carry out
further noise level measurements with a sound
level meter, usually for a further, much larger,
Another approach is such that the company carry
out very basic measurements and give a general
indication that the noise levels, not the exposure
of the employees, which is virtually always lower,
are within the lower or upper action values as
appropriate. This again is a false economy as
it can leave you providing noise control/ hearing
protection where it is not needed. Alternatively,
you might have to instruct the company to return
to the premises to re-measure the noise and conduct
a proper assessment, again for an additional,
much larger fee.
To put the above into perspective, during a discussion
with Patrick Corbishley, specialist Health &
Safety Executive inspector responsible for noise
in Scotland, we learned that 60% to 70% of all
noise assessments submitted to the HSE are rejected
on the grounds that they are not competent as
prescribed in the Regulations. Charlie Fleming
Associates has carried out dozens of assessments
and have never had so much as a query from the
and False Economies
Should you see fit to commission us to conduct
the assessment, we will 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. Again please bear in mind that an assessment
conducted with a less accurate meter may be a
false economy as it may lead to noise control
and provision of hearing protection where they
are not actually necessary.
Summary of False
As mentioned above, some other firms do not carry
out the measurements as carefully as we do. It
is for this reason that their fees may be smaller
than ours. However, in one year, we were commissioned
6 times to carry out work which was done badly
by other “acoustic consultants”. In
these cases the first fee, paid to the other firm,
was a waste of money and accepting the cheaper
quotation proved to be a false economy. More importantly,
in one case the other firm had specified noise
control measures costing over £100,000.
Our more detailed investigation proved that these
noise control measures were not necessary.
This continues, with at least two commissions
coming to us every year because other “acousticians”
have not managed to complete the job properly.
We know, from what we have seen and heard, that
our service is better than that offered by many
of our competitors.