Noise Myth:

Noise is only a problem if you work in a factory or on a building site.



Absolutely not! At Noisedirect we receive large numbers of enquiries about exposure to noise from those working in bars, clubs, restaurants, and even offices. If you think you are affected by noise at work and want to find out more about rights and remedies then book a Noisedirect consultation to discuss your concerns.

All advice provided relates solely to professional matters in accordance with the statutory defined role of Environmental Health Practitioners, for the assessment of conditions that can give rise to nuisance or impact adversely on public health. Any such advice should not be construed as legal representation or advocacy on behalf of any party.





Workplace Noise

The Noise Regulations 2005, require employers to prevent or reduce risks to health and safety from exposure to noise at work. From 6 April 2008, the Noise Regulations 2005 also apply to the music and entertainment industry.

Under the Regulations employees have a legal duty to wear hearing protection in a hearing protection zone or where instructed by an employer. Employees may also have a duty to report any defects they find in hearing protection provided. Failure to comply with these legal duties is an offence under the Regulations.

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

  • the levels of exposure to noise employees average over a working day or week; and
  • the maximum noise (peak sound pressure) to which employees are exposed in a working day.

The HSE website provides a number of noise exposure calculators to help employers and employees, work out daily and weekly noise exposure, and estimate the performance of hearing protection.

Noisedirect regularly receives instructions from Solicitors acting in personal injury claims for employers and employees. Our qualified experts are able to offer advice and guidance on limiting exposure to noise and preventing injuries and loss of hearing, before problems arise. If you are worried about work induced hearing damage, then contact us for a fixed fee confidential discussion.

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