From manufacturing and engineering, to the entertainment industry and schools, noisy environments need to be monitored both for the welfare of employees and the wider community. Following the introduction of The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005, businesses need to be aware of their employees hearing needs; extensive noise surveys need to be carried out allowing preventative measures to be implemented, if necessary.
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 was introduced in Great Britain in 2006 for the majority of industry sectors (the music and entertainment sectors followed suit in 2008). The aim of this legislation was to ensure that workers’ hearing is protected from excessive noise in the workplace that could cause them to lose their hearing and/or to suffer from tinnitus1.
If a worker’s daily exposure exceeds 80dB(A) then, although not compulsory, it is considered beneficial that hearing protection be worn and the relevant information and training provided to the worker. If the dose exceeds 85dB(A) then it is mandatory that hearing protection is supplied and hearing protection zones implemented.