Exposure to excessive levels of noise can cause a range of ill-health effects. Many people at work are liable to be exposed to such levels unless precautionary measures are taken.

Dangerous noise levels are present in a very wide range of industries and work activities, including manufacturing (such as woodworking and engineering), construction, mining and offshore activities, plant maintenance, airports and many others. There can also be significant exposures in some service activities, eg warehousing and, as was highlighted in a recent court case, within the entertainment sector.

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