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HSE noise exposure guidelines updated

The HSE workplace noise exposure estimator has been updated to include a weekly exposure calculator as well as the previous daily exposure calculator.

Separate tabs have been added to the online tool to help simplify the process. Advice on what to do if certain noise action values are exceeded is also provided. The calculator will also estimate the performance of hearing protection.

Weekly noise exposure estimation is helpful where an operative's noise exposure varies markedly from day to day. Once you know the noise levels and duration of exposure the ready reckoners can be completed by hand. You can then compare the results with the exposure action and limit values in the regulations as part of a noise risk assessment.

Access the HSE noise ready reckoner and calculators here.

For further help with noise and other occupational health and safety issues, ECA Members can contact paul.williams@eca.co.uk or the Keyostas health and safety helpline on 01926 818820.

Last updated 09 April 21