RR517 - Measurement of noise levels that staff are exposed to at live music events

More stringent noise at work regulations, developed by HSE after public consultation, came into force for general industry on 6 April 2006. The music industry was granted a two year period to develop sector specific guidance on compliance, but should meanwhile comply with existing noise regulations. Local Authorities also have issues concerning monitoring and compliance. Following a period of debate, it was agreed that Capita Symonds Ltd (CS) would complete a noise study to assess the current noise exposure of groups of people within the industry and would then report back on the impact of the proposed legislation on 'live' music concerts.

This report contains details of the personal exposures of a cross section of staff working at twelve events throughout the year. It explores the adequacy of any control measures in place and makes recommendations for improvements.

This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the author alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.

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Updated 2021-04-21