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06 July

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Noise & Lockdown

During the lockdown period in the UK, it might seem as though the noise surrounding everyday activities has changed. Are the birds really singing louder? Why are my neighbours louder than ever? Why can I hear that factory a mile away, when I’ve never heard it before?

In rural areas, it does seem like our feathered friends have switched up the volume several notches, even causing some irritation during the early hours. However, all is not as it seems, with ornithological experts stating that their singing volume has actually dropped. It is the reduction of ambient noise that is making the dawn chorus sound more like the morning charge! Recent sound surveys around the country have found that on average, ambient noise has dropped between 8dB and 10dB.

Control of Noise at Work: How do you know if you have a noise problem at work?


Some 17,000 people in the UK workforce at any one time suffer deafness, ringing in the ears or other ear conditions caused by excessive noise at work and believe their hearing problems are the worst of their work-related health issues.
Hearing damage can be both gradual or sudden and can be disabling and permanent. Noise in the workplace can also interfere with communication, make warnings harder to hear and reduce people’s awareness of their surroundings, which can all lead to safety risks.

Fixed Gas Detection Surveys: What to consider?
There are many aspects to consider when looking to install a fixed gas detection system, and the best place to start is with a site survey. Considering all of the details thoroughly at the outset will help to optimise the system performance whilst ensuring the logistics of the installation run smoothly.

While there are no specific standards to meet regarding the survey or the location of equipment, there are guidance documents available. BS EN 60079-29-2 2007, for example, provides a comprehensive overview of the selection, installation, use and service of systems.
With Fit Testing and RPE such a hot topic currently, a growing number of RPE wearers are now switching to reusable, half- or full-mask models. Reasons for this decision include leaving more disposable products free as resources for key workers, as well as being a more sustainable and environmentally friendly solution.Long-established in the USA, controlled negative pressure (CNP) technology is now fast becoming a preferred method of fit testing in the UK because it is ideal for half- and full-mask testing and is referenced in the HSE INDG479 guidance on RPE fit testing.

Ion Science's Gary Smith on Benzene Detection

At Ion Science, we offer a complete solution for the accurate measurement of Benzene. But before we talk about solutions, we have to understand exactly what Benzene is and the issues it raises.
First and foremost, Benzene represents a serious occupational hazard at low concentrations. Short-term health hazards include headaches, tiredness, nausea and dizziness. Long-term exposure to lower concentrations can result in bone marrow suppression leading to serious blood disorders such as anaemia; cancer – forms of leukaemia and other white-blood-cell cancers.


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