On April 6th, the Control of Noise at Work Regulations came into force. HSE campaigned during March and April 2006 to remind employers that:
- Prolonged exposure to noise at work can cause hearing loss, which is often permanent. Hearing loss caused by work is preventable, but once your hearing has gone, it won't come back.
- The Health and Safety Executive is working in partnership with businesses to find practical solutions to noise risks at work, to help protect everyone's hearing. Noise solutions can often be surprisingly cost-effective and easy to implement.
- Business benefits include lower sickness absence, lower staff turnover, improved productivity and safety, enhanced reputation, and lower risk of legal action.