Monitoring occupational noise in food and drink manufacturing
14 July 2023
IN THE ENVIRONMENT of the food and drink manufacturing industry, the well-being of employees should always be a top priority. One significant concern that often goes unnoticed is occupational noise which can have severe implications on the health and safety of workers. To mitigate this risk effectively and to ensure compliance to regulations, the implementation of occupational noise measurement equipment is crucial.
This blog explores why monitoring noise levels and utilising advanced tools is vital for ensuring safe working environments within this industry.
Preserving Hearing Health
Prolonged exposure to high noise levels can lead to permanent hearing damage. In food and drink manufacturing facilities, the presence of loud machinery, equipment, and processes can contribute to excessive noise levels.
By utilising occupational noise measurement equipment, employers can accurately gauge noise levels across different areas of their premises. The data they collect will then empower employers to identify potential hazards across the site, implement appropriate noise control measures (whether that is appropriate hearing protection or quieter work practices), and protect their employees’ hearing health effectively.
Compliance with occupational noise regulations, such as the Control of Noise at Work Regulations, is essential for any industry, and the food and drink manufacturing sector is no exception. Failure to comply with set regulations can result in penalties, litigation, and, most importantly, compromised employee well-being.
Occupational noise monitoring equipment is designed to meet stringent standards, ensuring accurate data collection and helping organisations stay in line with regulatory requirements.
Personalised Risk Assessments
Occupational noise measurement equipment also allows employers to conduct personalised risk assessments for their employees.
By monitoring noise levels in real-time and assessing the duration of exposure, employers can identify individuals at a higher risk of hearing damage. This information enables targeted interventions, such as providing suitable hearing protection and implementing engineering controls to minimise noise emissions.
How can we help?
At Cirrus Research, we provide a range of instruments ideal for measuring and monitoring the noise that impacts your workers inside your manufacturing unit, including:
- The Optimus+ Red Sound Level meter: Never miss a thing and capture all the data you need at the press of a button, save time, avoid complicated setup, and even connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth for remote use up to 10 metres away.
- The doseBadge5 Personal Noise Dosimeter: With real-time octave band analysis and Bluetooth operation, it’s even easier to pre-program your measurements with scheduled timers.
- The Quantum Indoor: A complete cloud-based noise monitoring system designed to make long-term noise monitoring indoors easier and more accessible.
You can find out more about our solutions here.
Monitoring occupational noise is not a one-time effort but an ongoing process. Our equipment offers advanced features like data logging and analysis, enabling businesses to track noise levels over time. This data helps identify patterns, highlight areas that require attention, and evaluate the effectiveness of implemented control measures. By regularly reviewing and improving noise management practices, organisations can create a safer and healthier work environment.
Speak to our expert team today to find out more by calling us on +44 1723 891655 or by emailing us at email@example.com.