Monitoring Occupational Noise in the Food and Drink Manufacturing Industry

Monitoring Occupational Noise in the Food and Drink Manufacturing Industry

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.

Regulatory Compliance

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.

We Recommend

Our Recommended Instruments for the Manufacturing Industry

Noise Monitor
Quantum Indoor

Quantum Indoor is a remote noise monitor with built-in cloud connectivity, ideally suited for long-term occupational indoor monitoring.

Ideal for permanent occupational monitoring
Class 2 noise monitor to IEC 61672-1: 2013
Real-time alerts and triggers with audio capture
View live data from multiple locations simultaneously
Noise at Work Sound Level Meter
Optimus+ Red

Available as a Class 1 or Class 2 instrument, the Optimus+ Red integrating sound level meter is ideal for occupational noise exposure assessments in the workplace.

Meets the IEC 61672-1:2013 standard
VoiceTag audio note recording
Integrating noise meter for occupational assessments
Up to 32GB of memory for sophisticated measurements
Personal Noise Dosimeter
doseBadge5

The advanced doseBadge5  personal noise dosimeter offers an enhanced analysis of noise levels and noise frequencies for the ultimate protection against noise in the workplace.

Complies with IEC and ANSI Standards
Associated dBLink app for wireless Bluetooth operation
1:1 octave bands for hearing protection calculations
Scheduled measurement timers for reduced error

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 protected].

Jaymee-lee Tolliday
Jaymee-lee Tolliday
Marketing Coordinator

Jaymee-Lee is the Marketing Coordinator at Cirrus Research plc, from managing our English social media platforms and email campaigns to crafting compelling content, she is behind all marketing initiatives across our global markets.

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