ICAN Acoustics have a dedicated, highly experienced team to undertake all manner of occupational noise surveys.

Hearing loss caused by exposure to noise from work-related activities continues to be a significant occupational disease. Exposure to high levels of occupational noise over long periods of time can eventually lead to noise-induced hearing loss.


When we carry out a study, we are primarily concerned with daytime and weekly noise exposure for staff members exposed to noise in the workplace.

(a) exposure limit values—LEX,8h = 87 dB(A) and Ppeak = 140dB(C) in relation to 20 μPa;

(b) upper exposure action values— LEX,8h = 85 dB(A) and Ppeak = 137dB(C) in relation to 20 μPa;

(c) lower exposure action values— LEX,8h = 80 dB(A) and Ppeak = 135dB(C) in relation to 20 μPa.

Employees in the entertainment, construction, manufacturing, metalworking, forestry and agriculture, those using grinders, chainsaws, woodworking machinery, tractors or other noisy machinery, are all at risk of exposure to high levels of occupational noise.

Our Services:

  • Assessment of broadband and octave band frequency analysis;
  • Interpretation of results under Irish and EU Regulations;
  • Advice and recommendations on reduction of occupational noise levels;
  • Specification of appropriate hearing protection based on manufacturers scientific data;
  • Design and specification of engineering noise control solutions.

You can view the HSA’s guidance on the Control of Noise at Work Regulations below by clicking on the document below:

HSA Guide General Application Regulations 2007

For those involved in the music and entertainment sector, see the guidance issued by the Irish Health and Safety Authority titled ‘The noise of music’. Click on the document below to view this document.


HSA Noise of Music