Noise & Vibration Compliance Verification
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations came into force during April 2006 and these regulations place duties on Employers in respect of exposure of workers to Noise at Work. Under these Regulations employees who are regularly exposed to noise levels of 85dB(A) or higher must be subject to health surveillance. Where exposure is between 80 and 85dB(A), or where employees are only occasionally exposed above the upper action value, health surveillance will only be required if information comes to light that an individual may be particularly sensitive to noise induced hearing loss.
The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations came into force in July 2005. These Regulations require the assessment of daily exposure of employees to vibration by assessing the vibration exposure from each of a series of operations, summing these exposures and normalising the daily exposure thus calculated to an 8 hour day. Daily Exposure Limits for Hand-Arm Vibration standardised to an 8 hour day of 5m/s2 and a Daily Exposure Action Value of 2.5m/s2. For Whole-Body Vibration, the Daily Exposure Limit level is 1.15m/s2 and a Daily Exposure Action Value is 0.5m/s2.
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