Managing noise risks

Assess the risks (Reg 5)

  • Identify noise hazards
  • Identify workers at particular risk from exposure to noise
  • Estimate likely exposure to noise
  • Identify measures required to eliminate or reduce risks
  • Make a record of action taken and planned

Eliminate or control noise risks (Reg 6)

  • Eliminate or reduce risks using good practice and known control and management solutions
  • Obtain quieter tools and machinery
  • For the higher-risk areas, plan and put in place technical and organisational control measures
  • Make sure the legal limits on noise exposure are not exceeded

Hearing protection (Reg 7)

  • Where there remains a risk, issue your employees with hearing protection
  • Make use mandatory for the high-risk cases and manage use with hearing protection zones
  • Remember – hearing protection is not an alternative to noise control
  • Employees: use hearing protection where its use is mandatory

Maintain and use noise-control equipment (Reg 8)

  • Maintain any noise-control equipment and hearing protection
  • Ensure that anything supplied is fully and properly used
  • Employees: use the controls provided and report any defects

Health surveillance (Reg 9)

  • Provide health surveillance (including hearing checks) for those at risk
  • Use the results to review controls and further protect individuals
  • Employees: co-operate and attend hearing checks

Worker information and training (Reg 10)

  • Give employees information, instruction and training on:
    • the risks and safe working practices
    • control measures, hearing protection and health surveillance
  • Encourage workers to take part in consultations in assessments

Review (Reg 5)

  • Monitor the workplace for changes that affect noise exposures
  • Monitor grouped health surveillance results to identify where controls are failing
  • Look out for new ways to reduce risks

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Updated 2023-03-30