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Control of Noise at Work Regulations (2005) (UK) | Health & Safety

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations (2005) governs the requirements of employers in protecting their employees from damaging sound levels. They require employers to reduce risks wherever possible from exposure to noise at work. They also outline the requirements of any sound level meter used to obtain acoustic measurements. …

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What is Leq? – Integrating Sound Level Meters Uncovered

Leq is one of the most important variables to be calculated when complying with regulations such as the Noise at Work Regulations (2005). Leq is the Equivalent Continuous Sound Level and represents sound exposure over an elapsed period of time. But getting to this value requires multiple steps and the …

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A, C & Z Frequency Weightings Explained

Frequency weightings are one of the most important parameters you need to be aware of when measuring sound. Picking the one wrong one or failing to realise which one you are using can make you results invalid and unrepeatable. You may have noticed that most sound level meters offer a …

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Time Weightings Explained – Fast, Slow and Impulse

Time weightings are a common specification provided on most sound level meters. Categorised as ‘Slow’, ‘Fast’ and ‘Impulse’ it is not always clear exactly what they are or how they are represented. Thankfully, as with most Jargon, these are easier to understand than you think. The easiest way to understand …

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The Difference between Class and Type for Sound Meters

Getting a little confused between ‘Type’ and ‘Class’ of sound meter? Don’t worry, it’s way easier than you think! Sound level meters come in 2 varieties – those that comply with standards and those that don’t. Class and Type refer to sound meters that are manufactured to meet pre-defined technical …

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Sound Meter Standards – A Quick Guide

If you’re new to sound measurement then you will no doubt find an abundance of different sound meter standards online all claiming to be the current and most up to date. Unfortunately many of these posts are long out-dated and as a result a little inaccurate. To combat this, we …

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How to measure light | Using your light meter correctly

Measuring light has become a common practice in various walks of life, from making sure your employee’s are operating in safe working conditions to checking lighting levels for photography or set design. Measuring light comes with a few considerations; this article offers a basic introduction to what light it and …

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Lighting Levels in the Workplace | (UK) Health & Safety

Adhering to lighting regulations in the workplace can be a tricky business. Unfortunately there are not always clear and concise guidelines demonstrating exactly what lighting levels you should be maintaining. On top of this it can be tricky to know where to look for relevant answers. This guide is here …

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Different Types of Thermometer and Their Uses

There are many different types of thermometer available in today’s market. Before you make your purchase, it is vital that you are made aware of the range of products available to you. You should also understand and consider each type of thermometers suitability for various different uses. Complying with safe …