This course is accredited by the Institute of Acoustics. This recognition, coupled with over 20 years’ experience of delivering short courses in acoustics, means we have the knowledge and expertise to support you to excel within the acoustics arena. We’ve been delivering this course in-house on a regular basis to a number of local employers.
If you have health and safety responsibilities at work or you work in noise consultancy, this course is for you. It’s a practical, weeklong course during which you’ll undertake a risk assessment of noise exposures in the workplace. You will gain knowledge and understanding of the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005, and its associated guidance documents. You’ll take a practical and a written exam to evidence the skills and knowledge you’ve acquired.
Because we know that many of you will be working and will be taking this course as part of your professional development, we may be able to hold the course at your place of work for your convenience.
No formal qualifications are required. Successful completion of the course can lead to technical membership of the Institute of Acoustics. For more details see the application.
Course length: Full time: 5 days and 1 day exam
This course is divided into six key areas:
Basic Concepts of Noise
You’ll receive an overview of the basic definitions and principles of sound, noise indices and units, and learn how to undertake basic calculations involving decibels.
Measurement and Instrumentation for Noise Assessment
You’ll go through the basic features and properties of an integrating sound level meter, the calibration of meters, and the properties of a dosimeter.
Noise Exposure Assessment
You’ll review measurement strategies, including the limitations of data collection and the calculation of personal noise exposure levels.
Hearing, Hearing Loss Measurement and Protection
You’ll focus on the structure of the ear and the hearing mechanism. In addition, you’ll review hearing defects and their social implications. You’ll also look at types of hearing protector, their limitations and advantages, and their performance.
Overview of Legal Aspects
It’s vital to be up to date with legislation, so you will consider primary legislation (Health and Safety at Work Act 1974) and other regulations and codes of practice. You’ll also review the Control of Noise at Work regulations 2005.
Noise Reduction Techniques
You’ll look at the basic methods of noise control in the workplace, from its source to its transmission path and finally to the receiver.
This course is usually taken by those already in employment, so you´ll be able to put the skills you develop into practice immediately in your role. Gaining this qualification could also enhance your career prospects as it will set you apart from your peers.
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