Workplace Noise Resources

Published 2021 - L108 3rd Edition -
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 guidance on regulations 

This third edition of L108 is aimed at employers and other dutyholders and 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.


Topic inspection pack - HSE

This Appendix to the Noise Topic Inspection Pack provides information on established noise control methods for a range of high-risk activities, organised according to industry/sector.

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Top 10 noise control techniques

Ten simple noise control techniques that have wide application across the whole of industry. In many cases, they will produce substantial noise reductions quickly and cheaply - with little or no effect on normal operation or use.  


Controlling noise at work (2nd edition)

This second edition of L108 provides guidance for employers on protecting people from the risks caused by noise at work. As well as setting out the legal obligations of employers under the new Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005, it introduces a revised approach to the management and control of noise in the workplace.

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Control of noise at work in music & entertainment

HSG260 - Sound advice contains practical guidance on the control of noise at work in music and entertainment, including concert halls and theatres, amplified live music venues, pubs/clubs and studios.

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Noise reduction at band re-saws

HSE information sheet - Woodworking Information Sheet No4 (rev2)


Noise - don't lose your hearing (INDG363) 2nd Rev

Excellent short guide to inform employees about noise at work.


Sound Solutions for the food and drink industries

This book gives examples of simple, cost-effective ways of reducing the risk of hearing damage to workers in the food and drink industries. It contains 60 case studies showing how companies have found successful solutions to problems created by high noise levels. 

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Exposure calculators & ready-reckoners

The noise exposure calculators can help you work out your daily noise exposure, weekly noise exposures, and estimate the performance of hearing protection. 


Combined exposure to noise & ototoxic substances

According to the European Risk Observatory Report “Noise in Figures” published by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA, 2006), noise-induced hearing loss is one of the most prominent occupational diseases in Europe.


What is noise-induced hearing loss?

Noise-induced hearing loss is sensory deafness caused by long-term exposure of the auditory system to a noisy environment.


How do I select a workplace noise consultant?

This document is a buyer’s guide to help you pick a consultant who will be able to help you understand the level of noise risk in your workplace and provide you with advice on noise control methods.

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Noise in music & entertainment sectors

Myth-busting questions/answers for workers and public with regards to noise in the music and entertainment sectors. 


Noise in figures

Working life in Europe is changing at an ever-increasing speed, which can give rise to new risk areas or change the way that occupational safety and health needs to be managed.


Noise at work - a brief guide to controlling the risks

INDG362 (rev2) -  This leaflet explains what an employer needs to do under the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 to protect their employees from noise.


Best practice in noise control ppt

Noise Management - Noise Control Best Practice Powerpoint.