Our business ethos
Our business ethos has been to deliver as high a quality service as possible but at very keen pricing, and to do this we took the most modern technologies available and built the business from the ground up around the mobile audiometry units and the technicians. This means that we have no sales staff or accountants or other admin staff to support, keeping the business lean and meaning prices can be kept down.
As a small company where you are dealing directly with the owner and technicians, we have a vested interest in making sure every test or assessment is done correctly, not just churning through them, and we stand by every result we provide. We have no faceless corporate office to hide behind - when you contact us you are contacting us directly, giving complete accountability for what we do.
We aim to be personable, and as a company aim to enjoy what we are doing, but believe strongly that you can be approachable and even jovial, while providing a top-level high quality service.
Why ‘The Noise Chap’ as a company name?
Simple - The Noise Chap was set up by a chap as a company to work in noise-related gubbins, and most importantly these days, the domain name was available. As Mr Ronseal would say, it does exactly as it says on the tin!
Noise Chap Personnel
Perhaps a little unusually, our intention is not to grow as a company. Having been there before, what we want to do is focus on what we enjoy doing and do it will, so very deliberately we are staying small. Very small.
Noise Chap Adam
Adam has worked in health and safety, and noise specifically, for far longer than he cares to remember. Adam started out in the world of semi-gainful employment 26 years ago working in health and safety in a turbocharger factory where he also started out on workplace audiometric testing, before moving on to a cake factory which had the massive bonus of a conveyor belt of fresh chocolate cake going right past his office window. He ate a lot. The factory is closed now but this is not related to how much he ate. After that it was to a poultry breeding company, progressing through that company and its parent to become the, frankly preposterous sounding, Global Director Health, Safety and Environment.
That was good for a few years but new things were calling, so he quit and went into health and safety consultancy which grew into predominantly a noise, audiometric testing and fire risk management business, along with a lot of health and safety work. This developed to the point of having a client list of over 650 companies and conducted around 250 noise assessments and about 25,000 workplace hearing tests every year all over the UK. Eventually in 2016 Adam called time, tootled off and after 23 years in health and safety, took two years out, initially bashing knackered houses about to make them good again, and then latterly starting up a business importing Greek olive oil to the UK. Don't ask - let's just say a warm summer's night in Crete and much partaking of alcohol was involved... Finally in June 2018, refreshed and enthused again it was time to get back into the workplace and The Noise Chap was born. The intention has been to strip away the rest of the health and safety work and just focus on the one thing Adam enjoys doing, and do that one thing exceptionally well. No fire risk assessments, no health and safety work, no fire training, no legal advice on health and safety, no general risk assessments, basically nothing where the answer could possibly be 'wear high-vis'. And the intention was no employees, no stress. That resolve lasted for nearly four whole days of The Noise Chap's existence, which brings us to Noise Chap Rob...
Noise Chap Rob
Rob was previously employed by Cheltenham and Gloucester and then went to a specialist screening consultancy, working on audiometric testing, spirometry and skin assessment screening services for several years. Rob wandered the motorway networks of the UK with a look of genial happily bemused benevolence, and it has to be said got lost more than is probably normal for a bloke with a SatNav in front of him. Rob is bloody good at what he does so when Adam heard Rob was looking for new gainful employment in the summer of 2018 it made sense to lure Rob over to a new land of milk and honey. Rob joined The Noise Chap at the end of July 2018, ready to darken the doorsteps of clients up and down the country just in time for their August holiday shutdowns. The timing of this was probably not an accident on Rob’s part.
Do we cover all of the UK?
Yes indeedy. One of the reasons Tewkesbury was chosen as a base is that it is right on the M5 with ready access to Birmingham and the West Midlands, but also in very easy striking distance of London, Manchester, Leeds, etc. Scotland is an easy run so we do genuinely work from Inverness to the pointy bit of Cornwall, and happily take in Wales and Northern Ireland. Both Rob and Adam are those weird sorts who are quite happy trundling up and down motorways.
For the record, a few years ago we did work for a noise assessment client in Dorset who liked what we did so much that they asked us to go and do noise assessments for them in Singapore, the Philippines, the Caribbean and Americaland. I think it is important to make it clear to anyone that this is more than acceptable to us and if someone is needed to go and wave a noise meter around somewhere hot in the Caribbean then we can have a bag packed in about ten minutes flat.
All audiometry and noise assessment reports include calibration information for the equipment used and links to the various certificates of competence for the subject area. Adam is also a member of the British Society of Audiology.
We are not on the OSHCR, (the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register) for the simple reason that we are not Health and Safety Consultants. Health and Safety Consultants do asbestos, lone working, electrics, working at heights, accident investigation, workplace safety, and on and on, whereas we just do noise. Unlike general consultancies who cover everything to a degree, we are specialists in noise safety, noise assessments and audiometry and do that to an exceptional level.
In his previous consultancy, Adam was CMIOSH and also was on the OSHCR and as such can be totally unambiguous when saying that OSHCR membership has nothing whatsoever to do with competence to do noise assessments. A member may be competent, but similarly may only have a NEBOSH Diploma or something and therefore have a basic knowledge of noise but not sufficient in-depth knowledge.