In terms of Regulation 6 of the Noise Induced Hearing Loss Regulations, 2003, as incorporated under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 85 of 1993, it is a legal requirement that employers that generate noise within there working environment conduct noise monitoring every 24 months. It any alterations of changes have been made to a noise environment, it should be followed up by conducting a new noise monitoring survey. Currently the noise-rating limit for noise exposure in the workplace is 85 dBA. If employees are exposed to noise-rating levels in excess of the noise-rating then steps need to be implemented by the employer to reduce further exposure, by implementing a “Noise and Hearing Conservation Programme”.
The Safety Network (Africa) cc, t/a SafeNet Africa has qualified staff to assist in conducting noise monitoring. The reports submitted will comply with the requirements as set out in SANS 10083 - The measurement and assessment of occupational noise for hearing conservation purposes.
In addition to conducting noise monitoring inside workplace, the Safety Network (Africa) cc, t/a SafeNet Africa, can also conduct noise levels inside offices to and also boundary noise levels.
Noise in offices
In terms of SANS 10103 - The measurement and rating of environmental noise with respect to annoyance and to speech communication. The standard refers to the design and maximum rating levels for ambient noise for different areas of occupancy or activity indoors.
So if you have a problem with employees complaining about excessive noise levels inside their offices, we can assist in determining if there is a problem with noise or not.