Blue Acoustics recently carried out workplace noise assessments for Wyke Farms at their Bruton and Wincanton sites in Somerset.
Wyke manufacture cheese and distribute to most leading supermarkets. They’re dedicated to using locally sources products and are passionate about the welfare of the animals that supply them.
This job was challenging in the that the sites enforce strict hygiene protocol which differs from zone to zone. The sites are also relatively complex, with complex machinery and routing systems , often operating at high temperatures to ensure product sterility. As such, we were obliged to change overalls and wash our hands and boots many times through the day.
Despite this we succeeded in carrying out a thorough noise at work assessment. Is quickly became apparent that staff were seldom fixed to one position and so dose badge monitoring was required for most operatives to provide an accurate view of their averaged noise exposure levels. Specific instruction was provided to all staff chosen to wear the badges, to ensure the badges were not discarded with the overalls at break time.
Spot measurements were taken in all the main areas and with these, Blue Acoustics was able to build a picture of the overall noise climate around the sites which were attended over a number of days.
Detailed reports were then prepared to inform and educate the health and safety personnel about the noise risks around their sites. The reports identified the LEP,d levels for each operative fitted with a dose badge, as well as all spot measurements taken to establish the ambient noise levels is each room, area or department. The reports also included hearing protection lists and dose badge summary reports as well as advice on the designation of hearing protection zones, the provision of training and a health surveillance program.
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The team at Blue Acoustics has extensive experience across the full spectrum of noise related consultancy. All staff are trained to MSc level in Applied Acoustics and are members of the Institute of Acoustics, which is considered the industry gold standard for acoustics professionals.
We regularly service clients throughout the UK, in particular Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, Devon and Somerset. We cover a range of disciplines such as Noise Surveys, Noise at Work Assessments, Industrial Noise Surveys, Residential Noise Surveys, Sound Insulation Testing, Hospital Acoustics, School Acoustics and Office Acoustics.