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  • Hearing Protection

Hearing aids + hearing protection – what you need to know…

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Posted on: July 11, 2019

The HSE has just released new guidance on how best to manage the use of hearing protection for employees who wear hearing aids. The following is a summary, but you can also download a full advance copy.

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  • Vibration Regulations
  • vibration measurement
  • HAVS

ASA rule wrist mounted HAV monitors unsuitable for regulatory risk assessment

HAVS vibration measurement
Posted on: April 10, 2019

Why did the Advertising Standards Authority have to rule on what should be common knowledge? What is HAVS monitoring best practice, what do insurers say and could zero monitoring be the best option?

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  • Noise Measurement
  • Noise Training
  • OAE
  • audiometry
  • PPE
  • Hearing Protection

4 new things you should know about noise risk reduction best practice in industry

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Posted on: March 6, 2019

We are living in interesting times in the field of hearing damage risk reduction due to new mobile technologies coupled with a host of new (and forthcoming) ways to reduce risk dramatically. Here are 4 new things that you should know about…

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  • vibration measurement
  • HAVS

Wrist mounted vibration transducers – not again!

HAVS vibration measurement
Posted on: May 9, 2018

Once more there are claims that wrist/glove mounted vibration transducers can be used to assess HAV risk in operators as per the British Standard (BS ISO 5349). No they can’t. Thank you for listening…

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  • Noise Measurement
  • PPE
  • noise control
  • Hearing Protection

Radical update to noise risk management best practice launched at BOHS OH2017

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Posted on: May 21, 2017

How to update the current (failing) noise risk management process to make it much more effective – and self-financing...

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  • noise control
  • Noise Measurement
  • Noise Training
  • PPE
  • Hearing Protection

Noise competency update + risk management Master Class

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Posted on: March 29, 2017

The current noise risk management process has failed. This is how we fix it to reduce risk by c 90%…

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  • vibration measurement
  • HAVS

HAV mis-measurement – to no standards whatsoever… New HSE guidance

HAVS vibration measurement
Posted on: March 1, 2017

Misunderstanding Hand Arm Vibration monitoring marketing material can put hands and safety policies at risk. Caveat emptor.

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  • Noise Measurement
  • PPE
  • Hearing Protection

New test, new best practice to reduce hearing damage risk

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Posted on: Feb. 8, 2017

The availability of this new test will have a dramatic effect on the management of hearing loss prevention programmes…

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  • Noise Measurement
  • noise analysis

Noise recording and analysis workshop

smartphone data for remote noise control
Posted on: Sept. 13, 2016

This is one of a number of highly rated, interactive and practical noise related workshops developed for Environmental Health Officers. They are held locally by a host authority, saving on travel, time – and at a fraction of the cost of conventional training. It can even be a profitable exercise…

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  • Noise Measurement
  • vibration measurement
  • HAVS

Noise and HAV risk management – on site simplification

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Posted on: July 21, 2016

A simple way to cope with mobile plant and tools.

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  • noise complaints
  • noise control
  • environmental noise

Environmental Impact Award for INVC

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Posted on: May 31, 2016

INVC recognised at the UK Energy Innovation Awards

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  • noise control
  • Hearing Protection

How to Recommend Self Financing Noise Control Instead of Ineffective PPE

no ppe required
Posted on: March 16, 2015

International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA) Conference Paper: 27th April 2015: Peter Wilson: INVC Technical Director

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  • environmental noise
  • low frequency noise
  • noise analysis

Low Frequency Noise Complaints – do more with less…

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Posted on: Feb. 25, 2015

A brief guide on how to evaluate low-frequency noise problems quickly and without spending any money - or simply using your smartphone.

Evaluating low-frequency noise complaints is one of the most common (“bane of my life”) issues that EHOs contact us about. Using the right approach, we can sort most of them within a few days. The following is a brief, practical guide detailing solutions to the most oft encountered initial evaluation problems using a tool that won’t cost you a penny.

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  • noise complaints
  • environmental noise
  • noise analysis

The Environmental Noise Industry is Not Fit for Purpose…

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Posted on: Oct. 27, 2014

CIEH 2014 conference paper highlights the woeful ignorance and performance of the industry…
The paper given by Peter Wilson (INVC technical director) illustrated that a very large proportion of the environmental “noise industry” is woefully ignorant both of the proper diagnostic techniques and of modern noise control methods. Consequently, thousands of people are needlessly exposed to stressful noise over very prolonged periods. This results in unnecessary deaths from stress as highlighted in the recent BMJ and WHO reports (see “Stressed to death by noise” post).

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  • noise complaints
  • noise control
  • environmental noise

24% hospital admission increase due to stroke…

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Posted on: Oct. 28, 2013

We all know that noise can be stressful – and that there is an ever increasing level that seeps into and through our lives like rising flood water. However, a study published this month in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) provides yet more evidence that environmental noise isn’t just pervasive and annoying, but that it is a serious health hazard that kills thousands of people a year in the UK.

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