17,000 people in the UK suffer deafness, ringing in the ears or other ear conditions caused by excessive noise at work. Hearing loss can be extremely disabling and leave people unable to hear everyday speech in work and in social settings. Damage to hearing is permanent and so it is extremely important that an employer takes steps to protect the workforce if it is believed that there is a noise problem in the workplace.
If you think that there is a noise problem then you need to properly assess the risks. This will then enable you to make informed decisions regarding the action to be taken to ensure the health and safety of your employees. If you are estimating the noise levels around your employees then your estimates must be based on reliable information, e.g. measurements in your own workplace, information from other workplaces similar to yours, or data from suppliers of machinery.
Workplace noise measurement and monitoring equipment
Here is a summary of some of the sound level meter units manufactured and distributed by Pulsar Instruments Plc. The extensive range of sound level meters, noise meters, noise dosemeters and noise-activated warning signs means that there is an instrument for each specific application common in industry.
Nova range of sound level meters
The new Pulsar Nova® range of sound level meters combines advanced technology with ease of use and durability. The Nova is easily configured to reflect the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 in the UK, while in the USA , it is just as easily configured to make OSHA measurements with just a few button presses. The Nova features a multi-language menu and software (English, Spanish, French, German and Italian).
Read more about the Pulsar Nova range of sound level meters here: Noise measurement methods with ease of use and durability
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Quantifier range of sound level meters
The Quantifier range of integrating averaging sound level meters is the practical option for a user requiring a no-nonsense, simple to use, solution for their noise measurements. All instruments are data logging with the Analyser software package provided as standard, making the transformation of your measurements into informative reports a simple task. The Quantifier range of sound level meters complies with virtually all worldwide noise measurement regulations making it the ideal instrument for industrial, general and environmental noise monitoring.
Noise dosimeters – Model 22 doseBadge system
Need to measure the daily exposure of employees in hard to reach locations or who move about as part of their job? The noise dosimeter provides the ultimate solution. Also known as the doseBadge, it’s small, lightweight and wireless, and can be worn on the shoulder for minimal inconvenience. This makes noise dosimeters ideal for industries where shifts are involved, such as construction (building sites), entertainment (orchestras) and the emergency services (police forces).
Assessor range of sound level meters
The Assessor range of high performance sound level meters, or noise meters, appeals to users requiring a robust, affordable and simple to use sound meter whilst complying with international standards. This is a simplified instrument that can be used with total confidence and with the minimum of training. Making a noise measurement couldn’t be easier. Simply switch the decibel meter on and the Assessor starts measuring.
Model 14 digital sound level meter
Pulsar Model 14 Low Cost Class 2 Noise Meter – ideal for quick spot checks in the workplace. The Model 14 is the ideal solution for users needing a low cost, accurate instrument for those applications where a Digital Sound Level Meter would be useful but a high specification meter would be too expensive. Many industrial, construction, installation, environmental, sporting or entertainment applications need a simple yet compliant method to determine whether there is, or is not, a genuine noise issue.
SafeEar – noise activated warning sign
PulsarSafeEar noise activated warning signs are perfect for use in factories, workshops, pubs and nightclubs to warn when noise levels become too high and indicate when hearing protection must be worn. In environments where hearing protection may not be required at all times, the PulsarSafeEar noise activated warning sign will inform employees when Personal Protective Equipment is required and also when it can be safely removed. The PulsarSafeEar can also be used in quiet locations such as classrooms, hospitals and libraries to indicate when noise levels must be kept down.
Noise awareness training
Pulsar Instruments runs series of one-day noise awareness training courses designed for managers and safety professionals responsible for staff working in noisy environments. The courses are delivered by Graham Ellicott, M.Sc. Acoustics, Vibration and Noise Control, who is a member of the Institute of Acoustics.
To request a quotation for any of the products, or to find out more information, please contact a member of Pulsar Instruments’ team direct on 01723 518011 or visit Pulsar Instruments.
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This article is about the equipment available from Pulsar that will help you quantify and report on the noise levels in your workplace. For information on the dangers of noise, and how to manage it, see the resources on the HSE Noise at work website.
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