A recent query on assessing noise risks answered by the British Safety Council’s member Information Service.

I understand we need to carry out a risk assessment if employees are exposed to harmful levels of noise, but how can we decide if people are likely to be exposed to noise at this level in the first place?

Under the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 employers have a duty to prevent or reduce risks to people’s health and safety from exposure to noise at work. In essence, this means:

  • Assessing noise exposures when noise is liable to reach or exceed the lower ‘action values’ set out in the regulations

  • Implementing suitable control measures

  • Providing information and training

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