Controlling noise at work (L108): updated edition published

Noise at work Bulletin

The HSE has published a new edition of the guidance book Controlling Noise at Work.

Controlling noise at work (L108): updated edition published

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

The third edition of Controlling noise at work (L108) is aimed at employers and other duty holders. It 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.

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.

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.

This updated guidance book is available to download for free or purchase on HSE’s website.

More information about controlling noise at work is available on the HSE noise at work webpages. These include a noise exposure calculator, which can help you work out your daily and weekly noise exposures, and estimate the performance of hearing protection.

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