As an employer, you must try to remove or reduce risks from exposure to noise so that you can protect your employees' hearing. When you carry out, be aware of any risks associated with noise. Where the risks are low, you may take simple and inexpensive actions. Where the risks are high, you should manage them using a prioritised noise-control action plan.
Permanent hearing damage can be caused immediately by sudden, extremely loud, explosive noises, such as from guns or cartridge-operated machines.
However, hearing damage is usually gradual because of prolonged exposure to noise and it's not always easy to realise how badly damaged an individual's hearing has become.
Hearing loss isn't the only problem. People may develop tinnitus, a condition that can lead to disturbed sleep.
Young people's hearing is just as much at risk as older people's hearing.
What law applies?
When the law doesn't apply
The regulations don't apply to:
As a simple guide, you'll probably need to do something about the noise if:
What you do to control noise risks will depend on:
You must take action if the following levels of noise exposure are exceeded:
Lower exposure action values:
Upper exposure action values:
You must make sure the following levels are never exceeded: