What should you expect from a noise survey report? Industry wastes a fortune on noise assessments that are often little more than tick-box exercises. HSE research has indicated that 63% of all noise assessments are inadequate, falling short of the minimum regulatory requirements. The key to good reporting is to generate a practical working document that includes a costed programme of action for the next one or two years. It should include:
- Measurements of the noise levels
- Risk management audit, evaluating the effectiveness of the current procedures, including PPE wear rates.
- Noise control audit, evaluating the control options and current control measures.
- Report, which should be as short and simple as possible, to be used to implement effective action to manage the risks easily and cost effectively.
The Industrial Noise & Vibration Centre (INVC) have produced a template to download presenting best practice report elements in a Word document. It is available to download from http://www.invc.co.uk/noise/noise-assessment/digital-noise-assessment-template/.