Shawcity Seminar 4: Sound, Noise and Vibration


On Tuesday 8th November 2016 Shawcity hosted their final seminar of the 2016 series for the occupational hygiene, health and safety and environmental industries.


With a focus on Sound, Noise and Vibration the seminar guest speakers included industry experts from 3M, Adnitt Acoustics, Addiscombe Environmental Consultants Limited as well as Shawcity.

We welcomed delegates from across the country who wanted to learn more about the science, technology and methods of monitoring sound, noise and vibration within the workplace.

Simon Field, Technical Specialist from 3M began the day’s proceedings with an informative presentation about current hearing conservation practice, including advice on upcoming changes in PPE regulations and fit testing. He also gave a valuable demonstration on the importance of correctly fitting earplugs using the 3M E-A-Rfit Dual-ear Validation System. The system plays five seconds of white noise and measures the frequency exposed to the user. The result determines whether the user should re-evaluate the method in which they have fitted their earplugs, adjusting this per test to get an improved reading.

The second presentation of the day was from Graham Cowling, Technical Director from Addiscombe Environmental Consultants Limited (AECL). Graham has over 30 years’ specialist noise and vibration consultancy experience, with a significant proportion working with the offshore oil and gas industry. Graham delivered an insightful presentation about his experiences of the offshore industry and working with the HSE and the Energy Institute to produce industry-leading documentation.

After lunch, the third guest speaker was Chris Turner, Principal Consultant at Adnitt Acoustics. Chris’s presentation looked at the pitfalls of environmental noise and vibration monitoring, using case studies of his 10 years’ experience in environmental noise management.

Finally, Shawcity’s Product Specialist Manager Alex Graft rounded off the day with a presentation about effectively monitoring sound, noise and vibration in the workplace. Alex looked at the current technology available to assist with noise, hand arm and whole body vibration monitoring to protect against issues such as hearing damage and loss, hand arm vibration syndrome and spinal disorders.

Feedback from delegates confirmed that it was a successful day of knowledge sharing and with interesting presentations covering varied related specialisms.

Some of the comments received:

‘A very well presented event with a good variety of content’
David Wright, University of Portsmouth

‘An interesting and informative series of presentations’
Lynne McCandlish, Adnitt Acoustics

Guest speaker Graham Cowling also found the day to be informative, saying: ‘It was good to get practical, non-technical experience from different presenters’.

Overall the 2016 series of events and seminars has been incredibly positive and we have achieved our goal of bringing delegates together with industry experts to share knowledge and best practice.

Following the success of this year’s events, where we have covered air quality and dust, diesel fume, RCS, confined space safety, gas detection, RPE, PPE, environmental monitoring and VOCs we are planning further seminars across the UK in 2017, details available soon.


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