Controlling noise at work

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005

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The guide has been updated in keeping with changes to related legislation, technical advances and experience. The emphasis is on the control and management of risks from exposure to noise. HSE’s policy on the control of noise has not changed.

Many people are exposed to noise levels at work that may be harmful, leading to permanent and incurable hearing damage.

This third edition of L108 is aimed at employers and other dutyholders and includes the Control of Noise at Work Regulations alongside guidance on what they mean, setting out an employer’s legal obligations to control risks to workers’ health and safety from noise.

It also gives detailed advice on assessing risks, practical noise control, how to select and use hearing protection, what to consider when buying and hiring equipment and how to develop health surveillance procedures.

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Updated: 2021-10-21