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Noise in the workplace

Noise at Work

Losing your hearing because of noisy working conditions is a real problem. Around 170,000 people in Britain suffer ear conditions such as tinnitus (constant noise in the ear), or even deafness because they’ve had to work in conditions that are too noisy.

Hiring quieter equipment can be the most cost effective solution – by saving you money in terms of introducing noise reduction measures. So we make sure that we source kit that’s as quiet as possible.

Ear Protection

If you’ve done all you can to minimise noise and you can prove there’s nothing more you can do about it, then you need hearing protection. Getting the right equipment is vital, and we can give you expert help and advice with -

  • Earplugs, including moulding and fitting them individually
  • Helmet mounted ear defenders
  • Over the head ear defenders
  • You need to ensure your workers all know which protection to wear and that it is compatible with any other PPE they’re expected to wear

We work closely with INVC, who are IOSH approved and the largest provider of noise competency training in the UK and Ireland.


Do you have a noise problem at work?

As a simple guide you will probably need to do something about the noise if any of the following apply:

Is the noise intrusive - like a busy street, a vacuum cleaner or a crowded restaurant - for most of the working day?

Do your employees have to raise their voices to carry out a normal conversation when about 2m apart for at least part of the day?

Do your employees use noisy powered tools or machinery for more than half an hour each day?

Do you work in a noisy industry, e.g. construction, demolition or road repair?

Are there noises due to impacts such as hammering, drop forging, pneumatic impact tools etc, explosive sources such as cartridge - operated tools or detonators? What are the causes?

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