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Antonia Hawker

Noise and Vibration Scientist

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Antonia joined the Measurement and Control Team in 2017 after graduating from the University of Manchester with a Master's by Research degree in Astrophysics.

Antonia leads on work which aims to reduce the risk of Noise Induced Hearing Loss and Hand-arm Vibration syndrome in the workplace. This requires measuring and testing in a range of industries such as foundries, forestry and construction. In addition, Antonia has been involved in the development of HSE guidance on noise and vibration in the workplace.

Antonia is also a member of HSE's Ethics Committee advising on ethical concerns and risks to new projects.

Research Interests

  • Worker exposures to Noise and Vibration
  • Noise and vibration levels from power tools
  • Emission levels from battery powered tools
  • New technology with noise and vibration risks

Previous Projects

  • Lower emission solutions to angle grinding
  • A review of non-passive hearing protectors and communication devices
  • Evaluation of the effectiveness of tool timers for estimation of daily exposure time to hand-arm vibration
  • Hand-arm vibration and noise emissions of battery-powered tools compared with equivalent traditionally-powered tools
  • Market surveillance - Chain-saws: Evaluation of noise hazard reported in instructions according to harmonised standards and real-use noise hazard
  • Low-noise spray nozzles
  • Low-attenuation hearing protectors

Notable Achievements

  • Member of the Institute of Acoustics
  • Contribution to the revision of L1.08 Controlling Noise at Work
  • Presenter at 2020 IoA conference on the effectiveness of tool timers
  • Presenter at 2019 UKHRV conference on hand-arm vibration and noise emissions from battery powered tools

HSE Training Courses

Further Information

  • LinkedIn

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