Noise and Vibration Measurement Solutions and Control
20 November 2006, News release from EMSAS Ltd
EMSAS Ltd, specialist acoustic consultants with particular experience of monitoring industrial levels of noise, has predicted that many companies may suffer through failing to meet their obligations with the new Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2006, introduced six months ago in April. The main changes were to lower the acceptable levels of noise in the workplace with a view to ensuring that by 2030 there will be no new cases of noise-induced hearing loss through noise at work.
Are You Too Noisy at Work?
Hearing loss due to noise at work is preventable, but once hearing is gone it has gone for life. Some 170,000 people in Britain suffer deafness, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and other conditions through exposure to noise at work. This can lead to sickness absence, higher staff turnover, reduced productivity and higher insurance premiums to cover civil claims against employers.
Selina Williams and Danielle Birchall, both specialist Acoustic Consultants from EMSAS Ltd, comment "our experience of working in construction, manufacturing and engineering environments leads us to believe that noise levels in the workplace are a major health and safety concern. Our Institute of Acoustics (IOA) qualified experts can help with the compilation of workplace noise maps, assessments of worker noise exposure and reviews of the suitability of current hearing protection by using state of the art noise measuring equipment."
Let EMSAS work in partnership with your business to find practical solutions to minimise, control and monitor noise risks and create a safe workplace. With the right help, solutions can often be surprisingly cost-effective and easy to implement. EMSAS Consultants have wide ranging, practical experience of many industries, and offer an initial free of charge consultation to assess your current levels of risk.
Selina or Danielle may be contacted on 0845 094 0485 or by email at email@example.com
Hand Arm Vibration - A Threat to Your Business?
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has recently estimated that around five million people are currently exposed to hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) in UK workplaces. Of that total, approx two million people are exposed to levels of vibration associated with an above average risk of developing a related occupational disease such as vibration white finger and vibration related carpal tunnel syndrome. Approximately 3,000 new claims for Industrial Injury Disability Benefit are made annually.
The cost to industry is substantial - individual companies face the impact of reduced productivity, increased staff turnover and high levels of long-term sickness absence. This day-to-day headache is coupled with the threat of rising insurance premiums to cover the thousands of civil claims brought by affected individuals against employers.
Andy Small, Occupational Hygiene Consultant and Institute of Acoustics qualified vibration specialist from EMSAS Ltd, is urging companies to review their compliance with the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations, which were last amended in July 2005. He says "People aren't always aware of the extent of HAVS. The Regulations give clear, straightforward guidance about how to deal with the risks from HAVS - risks to your employees' safety and welfare, and also the risks to your company's bottom line financial figures. Obvious as it sounds, it's much easier in the long run to manage the issue before it ever has to become a problem"
As HAVS is related to the use of hand-held power tools (eg grinders and hammer drills), hand-guided power tools and hand-fed machines), it is not surprising that workers in a very wide range of industries suffer.
Among the most commonly affected by this debilitating disease are manufacturing, foundry, construction and demolition workers, along with those in mining, quarrying, vehicle repair and forestry.
EMSAS Consultants work with companies around the country to manage HAVS in their workplace, and offer an initial free of charge consultation to assess your current levels of risk and identify proactive, remedial measures.
Andy may be contacted on 0845 094 0485 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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