A selection of free noise-related resources available for anyone to use and refer to as part of a noise at work management programme.

This searchable database of around 200 types of hearing protection, including plugs, muffs/defenders and protectors with radios or MP3, makes comparison data readily available to help people looking for a specific level of protection. 

Music with a series of  filters so you can hear and demonstrate the difference losses make to hearing. This is useful for training employees in noise awareness and can be a huge help in encouraging compliance with the use of hearing protection.

A simple noise policy / procedure document for managing noise risks in the workplace which can be adapted or modified to suit your needs. This gets you going and just add your own organisation-specific info.

A five minute noise module for use in new employee induction training. Covers the basics of noise risks and can have your own noise levels and hearing protection added. Available as PowerPoint, Keynote or PDF.

Useful sites

There are a whole load of noise advice or hearing protection sites and suppliers out there and these are some recommended ones with the most useful information, or ones I have had dealings with in the past and would recommend.

  • Noisemeters.co.uk
    Both sell and rent-out noise meters. This is where I buy my stuff. Don't be fooled by the website looking a little dated, they are good.

  • Soundproofist
    I like this - they are as obsessed about noise as I am, with a noise advice podcast and blog. Well worth a listen and cover all noise rather than just workplace, so environmental as well.

  • Cluistrom.com
    Provide custom-made hearing protection which can be tailored for both fit and noise risk. The up-front cost is a tad higher than standard hearing protectors but the life-span of them makes these things very competitively priced.

  • Pulsar Noise Equipment
    Makers of mighty fine noise meters. I've used and recommended some of their stuff for years even though their supporting software can be a little buggy. Either go direct or via someone like Noisemeters.