HSE: Controlling noise at work

WOBO welcomes the support provided by the UK Health and Safety Executive.

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Many people are exposed to noise levels at work that may be harmful, leading to permanent and incurable hearing damage.

This third edition of Controlling noise at work (L108) is aimed at employers and other dutyholders. It includes the Control of Noise at Work Regulations alongside guidance on what they mean, setting out an employer’s legal obligations to control risks to workers’ health and safety from noise.

It also gives detailed advice on assessing risks, practical noise control, how to select and use hearing protection, what to consider when buying and hiring equipment and how to develop health surveillance procedures.

The guide has been updated in keeping with changes to related legislation, technical advances and experience. The emphasis is on the control and management of risks from exposure to noise. HSE’s policy on the control of noise has not changed.

This updated guidance book is available to download for free or purchase on HSE’s website.

For more information about controlling noise at work visit our noise at work webpages.

These include a noise exposure calculator, which can help you work out your daily and weekly noise exposures, and estimate the performance of hearing protection.

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