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Noise, Light, Vibration Surveys

Post by Safety Man » Tue May 14, 2019 6:18 am

Hi All,

Looking for a couple of quick fire answers regarding the requirements for Noise, Light and Vibration surveys. Currently working overseas and not regulated and struggling to convince the powers that be that we need to carry out a noise, lighting and vibration survey due to the environment in which we work in and potential risk exposed to the workers.

Are there any specific requirements (based on UK regs) in term of intervals in which these surveys are required to be carried out or is it just based on a risk assessment?

Also do you need specific training to carry out the surveys or is buy the appropriate equipment and a bit of self training enough to produce an adequate survey/report?

I am starting to dig into the ACOPs, just looking if anyone can help me get straight to the point with some clear advice?

Appreciate any advice so I can try get some ammunition to change the perception on this.

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Re: Noise, Light, Vibration Surveys

Post by Waterbaby » Wed May 15, 2019 4:48 pm

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Re: Noise, Light, Vibration Surveys

Post by PaulDonaldson » Thu May 16, 2019 8:20 am

Control of Noise at Work Regs
Control of Vibration at work Regs
Lighting would come under Workplace(health, safety and Welfare) Regs
All have ACoPs and guidance to follow Noise is L108 Vibration L140 and Welfare L24
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Re: Noise, Light, Vibration Surveys

Post by Blackstone » Thu May 16, 2019 8:29 am

When you mentions surveys, I assume you mean monitoring?
What equipment is creating the noise and vibration and how long might persons be exposed?

I would be treating them as 3 separate projects as each is large enough on its own.
Noise - I went down the route of hiring dosimeters to give personal exposure levels. We then monitor every 6 months using a handheld device. This also highlights which areas of the factory are loudest and where we needed to consider operational of equipment controls. Don't forget training the staff and health surveillance. Its an ongoing process.
Light - Depends on the facility and the operations being carried out. Don't know too much about lighting requirements personally.
Vibration - We haven't gone down the route of personal monitoring. rather a bunch of training, logging all the tools they use and the employees record their trigger times which I then convert using the HSE calculator into daily exposure. This info is then used during health surveillance.

Lots to think about, especially doing it all at the same time!

Good luck!

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Re: Noise, Light, Vibration Surveys

Post by Safety Man » Thu May 16, 2019 12:58 pm

Thanks for the Info, much appreciated.

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