Chesterfield College has become the first in education to install a new noise measurement device in their workshops. The visual unit, manufactured by Pulsar Instruments plc, will enable safe teaching without ear protection but give immediate warnings when ear muffs must be worn.
Paul Lowry, health and safety officer at Chesterfield College, said: “Until now, we have had to rely on random noise testings in areas such as auto workshops, engineering, silversmith and brick workshops. But PulsarSafeEar is really simple, accurate and visual. As soon as noise in the workshop goes over the legal limit, it flashes on the wall and teachers and students can immediately see they need to wear protection.”
Lowry added that lecturers are really enthusiastic about the product: “They see this as a teaching aid for learners. They plan to pull this device into the lesson to make the point about variable noise and when protection is and isn’t needed.”
Shaun Smith is a team leader and engineering technician at the college. He said: “We have installed two units in our vehicle refinishing shop. The design is really eye-catching and easy to use. The students notice when it lights up and they can see how a sharp noise is as damaging as a prolonged sound.”
The product is made by innovative Filey-based company, Pulsar Instruments. Sarah Brack, chief executive, said: “We researched and designed this new product to help in areas where noise fluctuates a great deal and people can’t wear protection all the time. Like all good ideas it is very simple – flashing on the wall when noise reaches a pre-set level. There is also interest for quiet locations such as hospitals, schools and libraries where noise needs to be kept down. It eliminates a great deal of confusion and clumsy measuring.”