Occupational Noise

EU Directive 2003/10/EC specifies maximum noise levels to which workers may be exposed. The Directive is implemented in Ireland by the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007. Several limits are specified, variously referring to lower and upper action values, exposure limits, daily exposure level (LEX 8 h) and peak values (LpCpeak). All employers, including the self-employed, are obliged to meet these limits.

Where there is a risk that the limits may be exceeded, employers have a number of obligations, one of which is to carry out a risk assessment including noise measurement. This is where Damian Brosnan Acoustics (dBA) can help you. We will examine your facility, identify personnel potentially at risk, measure noise levels, calculate noise exposure, and identify areas requiring further action. We will assist you in selecting suitable hearing protection for your employees.

Damian Brosnan Acoustics carries out this work routinely at facilities across Ireland, both large and small. We do not have any links to PPE suppliers, and are therefore entirely impartial. Damian Brosnan is a qualified occupational noise consultant. All assessments are carried out using calibrated equipment in accordance with International Standard ISO 9612:2009 Acoustics: Determination of occupational noise exposure – Engineering method (2009).