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Employers' responsibilities - legal duties

What do the regulations require you to do?

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 (Noise Regulations 2005) require employers to prevent or reduce risks to health and safety from exposure to noise at work. Employees have duties under the Regulations too. The Regulations require you as an employer to:

The Regulations do not apply to:

Employers in the music and entertainment sectors have until 6 April 2008 to comply with the Noise Regulations 2005. Meanwhile they must continue to comply with the Noise at Work Regulations 1989, which the 2005 Regulations replace for all other workplaces.

Noise levels

What are the action levels and limit values?

The Noise Regulations require you to take specific action at certain action values. These relate to:

The values are:

The actions you need to take are described in the rest of the employers' web pages. The flow chart in Figure 1 will also help you decide what you need to do.

There are also levels of noise exposure which must not be exceeded. These are called exposure limit values:

Updated 2010-02-02