Noise

Noise

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) (Pty) Ltd 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) (Pty) Ltd, 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.

Boundary noise

We often get requests from clients for us to come and measure their boundary noise levels. These noise levels can be measured during day time (06:00-22:00) and during night time (22:00-06:00). The SANS 10103 - The measurement and rating of environmental noise with respect to annoyance and to speech communication will be applied.

Disturbing noise surveys

The City of Cape Town’s Western Cape Noise Control Regulations, 2013, stipulates that a person may not –

  • Cause a disturbing noise; or
  • Allow a disturbing noise to be caused by any person, animal, machine, device, apparatus, vehicle, vessel or model aircraft, or any combination thereof.

So, if someone is causing a disturbing noise to you or a complaint has been logged with the Municipality, stating that your business activities is the cause of disturbing noise, please give us a call. We will be able to assist.

Noise Dosimetry

Sometimes we are concerned what an individual’s noise exposure is, especially if it is a supervisor, that is mostly office bound, but has to enter noise zones a few times through a working day. We will be able to assist, by placing a noise dosimeter on the person, and determine exposure. So, give us a call, should you require such service.

Feel free to contact us today!

One of our consultants will gladly come out to your site and provide you with a quotation.