Noise at Work

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

The aim of the Noise Regulations is to ensure that employees' 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 Regulations require Fife Council, as an employer, to assess and identify measures to eliminate or reduce risks from exposure to noise in order to protect the hearing of our employees.

The Corporate Health and Safety Team have issued the Procedure Managing Noise at Work OHS-C-014 and associated Guidance Assessing Noise at Work OHS-C-14.G1. The procedure describes the arrangements and preventive and protective measures to be applied which ensure that risks arising from exposure to noise at work are adequately managed and controlled.

The guidance document outlines steps to be taken to undertake an effective assessment of risks to the health and safety of employees from exposure to workplace noise and promotes a systematic approach to the management and control of occupational noise from the initial risk assessment to the production of noise control action plans.

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