Summary

This topic describes what noise-induced hearing loss is and how it can be identified. It also describes the noise action levels that are in place legally obliging employers to protect employees from the risks of exposure to hazardous levels of noise and outlines a series of practical measures that can be put in place to lower noise levels.

Employers' Duties

  • Under the Health and Safety at Work, etc Act 1974, employers have a general duty to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all employees.

  • Under the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005, employers must:

    • identify noise hazards in the workplace

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