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May 2009 Newsletter

Noise at Work

This month's newsletter should be of interest to anybody involved in Noise at Work. It includes:

  • Regulations
  • Recommended Meters
  • Buy New, Used or Hire
  • Calculators and Reporters

In particular, please take a look at the offers we have on used meters and doseBadges, and at our Calculators, which can make your noise at work reporting so much easier.

Noise at Work Regulations

High noise exposure in the workplace is covered by the Physical Agents (Noise) Directive 2003/10/EC. With regard to noise measurement, you can read our explanation at:

Noise at Work Regulations

The European regulations and the HSE's guidelines explain the type of sound level meter or noise dosimeter that should be used. You can see our recommendations in the article Choosing a Meter below.

HSE Publications

Choosing a Meter

For Noise at Work assessments, we would recommend one of the following meters:

Optimus Red Class 2 Integrating Sound Level Meter

  • Measures both LAeq and LCPeak as required
  • Can easily be upgraded in future

doseBadge Noise Dosimeter

  • Mounts on the worker's shoulder
  • Measures noise exposure throughout the working day

Selecting the correct meter is essential in meeting the regulations and the HSE's guidelines. Both of the above meters meet these requirements and also meet the relevant international sound level meter standards.

Buy New, Buy Used or rental

Three options from NoiseMeters Limited:

Buy New

We keep most Sound Level Meters and the doseBadge Noise Dosimeter Kits in stock and so can supply you with brand new units at short notice.

List of new noise at work meters

Buy Used

We have a good inventory of used Sound Level Meters and noise dosimeters. These are in good condition physically and always in excellent condition acoustically. For your peace of mind they come with a 3-month warranty.

List of used sound level meters and dosimeters

Rental for 1 Week or Longer

We have a range of noise meter and dosimeter kits available for rental. For Noise at Work applications, the following are the most popular:

Our price is for a full seven days on site - the shipping is done outside the rental period. The price also includes shipping the equipment out to you and collecting it at the end of the rental period (within the UK only). The only thing to add is the VAT.

Calculators and Reporting

We have some calculators to help with your noise at work assessments.

  • LEP,d - Daily Noise Exposure Calculator
  • LEP,w - Weekly Noise Exposure Calculator
  • PPE - Hearing Protection Calculator

These calculators are free to use, and can even produce a printed report for your records.

LEP,d report