The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 require employers to assess and control risks to their employees' health arising from exposure to noise. Where noise exposure is unavoidable, employers are expected to select suitable work equipment and to manage its use to minimise the risks.
Manufacturers and suppliers have duties under the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 (SMR) to control noise at source and to take protective measures as required. The information supplied with equipment should assure safe use, including management of risks from noise, ie employers will know what actions to consider when addressing their duties under the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005.
Noise Emission in the Environment by Equipment for use Outdoors Regulations 2001 (NEEEOR) list 57 categories of equipment which must meet the sound power requirements of these regulations in place of the requirements of the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 (SMR).