Is the sound level section of my P&J LEV report a noise assessment survey?

NO, it is not a full sound level survey.

During the LEV Inspection P&J do not undertake a full noise survey, but the measurements are taken in the manner that is recommended for a full survey and using a type 2 Sound Level Meter which is calibrated on site prior to use in accordance with recommendations, as would be done if undertaking a full type 2 sound level survey. The method used is appropriate for establishing whether or not a full noise level survey should be undertaken and to indicate the typical noise level experienced.

The readings are taken 2 metres from the extraction unit and each item of process machinery connected to the system whilst both the extraction system [LEV] and the machine are being operated. Exposure to other noise sources has not been included in this report.

Manufacturers/suppliers have duties under Regn. 12 of the Noise at Work Regulations 1989 to advise users of equipment of the likely noise levels so the user can make an appropriate risk assessment and arrange to undertake a sound level survey if necessary.

The noise levels are provided to indicate the noise levels generated by the LEV operating simultaneously with theproduction plant being extracted from, in your location with its own unique acoustic properties. The recorded levels are an indication of which Action Level may be appropriate.

The Noise at Work Regulations 1989 specify 3 Action Levels that relate to specific daily personal (LEP,d) noise levels. Personal daily noise levels may vary with work patterns & duties.

The 1989 Noise Regulations will be replaced by Noise Regulations 2006 in February 2006. The new legislation has a lower first action level of 80dB(A).

80 dB(A) This will be the new level at which Employers have to take the actions currently required at 85dB(A) when the new Noise Regulations 2006 come into force in February 2006.

See below for current legal requirements at specific levels.

84 dB(A) or lower

The employer has a duty to reduce the risk of hearing damage to the lowest level reasonably practicable.

85 to 89 dB(A)

  1. Employees must be provided with suitable efficient regularly maintained & serviced personal ear protectors.

  2. Provide adequate information, instruction, & training about risks to hearing & how to minimize risk.

  3. A noise assessment must be undertaken and a record should be kept until a new assessment is made.

  4. The employer has a duty to reduce the risk of hearing damage to the lowest level reasonably practicable.

90 + dB(A)

  1. Employees must use suitable and efficient regularly maintained & serviced personal ear protectors.

  2. Provide adequate information, instruction, & training about risks to hearing & how to minimise risk.

  3. Ear Protection Zone notices must be displayed. Employers must ensure that all who go into a marked ear protection zone use ear protectors.

  4. A Noise Assessment must be undertaken and a record should be kept until a new assessment is made.

  5. The employer has a duty to reduce the risk of hearing damage to the lowest level reasonably practicable.

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