Summary

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 implement Directive 2003/10/EC, the Physical Agents (Noise) Directive. They revoke and replace the Noise at Work Regulations 1989.

New action and limit values are introduced by the 2005 regulations, which include:

  • lower exposure action values: a daily or weekly personal noise exposure of 80 dB (A-weighted); and a peak sound pressure of 135 dB (C-weighted)

  • upper exposure action values: a daily or weekly personal noise exposure of 85 dB (A-weighted); and a peak sound pressure of 137 dB (C-weighted)

  • exposure limit values: a daily or weekly personal noise exposure of 87 dB (A-weighted); and a peak sound pressure of 140 dB (C-weighted).

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