04/14/2008

Noise in the music and entertainment industry

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 (the Noise Regulations) came into
force for all industry sectors in Great Britain on 6 April 2006 (except for the
music and entertainment sectors where they came into force on 6 April 2008).

The aim of the Noise Regulations is to ensure that workers' hearing is
protected from excessive noise at their place of work, which could cause them
to lose their hearing and/or to suffer from tinnitus (permanent ringing in the
ears).

The level at which employers must provide hearing protection and hearing
protection zones is now 85 decibels (daily or weekly average exposure) and the
level at which employers must assess the risk to workers' health and provide
them with information and training is now 80 decibels. There is also an
exposure limit value of 87 decibels, taking account of any reduction in
exposure provided by hearing protection, above which workers must not be
exposed.



More information about noise at work in the music and entertainment sector, full text of the Regulations and guidance leaflet


AplusA-online.de - Source: Health and Safety Executive (HSE)