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Acoustech were asked to produce reports to evaluate The Jockey Club’s compliance with the Noise at Work Regulations 2005 under which all employers have specific duties relating to their employees, additional to those under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

The client brief was to undertake workplace noise monitoring and assessments of all bar areas within both the Rowley Mile and the July courses for Newmarket Racecourses.

Part of the project at Newmarket Racecourses was to establish in which areas members of staff are exposed to noise whilst at work, and how, if necessary, The Jockey Club should mitigate the exposure.

The regulations state that those staff exposed to the Lower Daily Exposure Action Value (LEAV) of between 80-85 decibels for a full 8 hour working day must be provided with suitable hearing protection, but have a choice as to whether to wear it. Those staff exposed to the Upper Daily Exposure Action Value (UEAV) of 85 decibels and above must be provided with suitable hearing protection and it must be worn at all times.

Acoustech spent one day on site per course during a day of racing to undertake the assessment. Using full Class 1 Sound Level Meters, they undertook spot measurements throughout the venues to measure and record the noise levels using the tamper-proof logging system and then analysed whether The Jockey Club were meeting their legal obligations. On this occasion personal sampling using dosimeters was not undertaken but Acoustech are able to provide this service as part of their full turn-key Noise Management service.