Under UK Law, noise levels must be controlled and must not exceed the legal limit. If you are an employer or self-employed persons, you have a legal obligation to ensure that any work you or your employees carry out does not put your employees at risk from noise exposure or disturb members of the public.
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Following the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 and the Noise Act 1996, controlling noise exposure is a legal requirement for all UK employers and self-employed persons.
Under these acts, the duty of ensuring that noise levels do not exceed the legal limits is the responsibility of the employer or self-employed persons. Under the regulations, noise risk assessments must be conducted and noise exposure must not exceed legal limits. Failure to abide by these regulations can result in heavy fines or even jail terms. To avoid this, it is essential that your business undertakes a thorough noise risk assessment now.
Ensuring that you are abiding by the laws on noise
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 require that all employers ensure the following has been completed:
- A suitable and sufficient noise risk assessment
- An assessment of the levels of noise exposure and ensuring that they do not exceed legal limits
- Preventing or controlling the risks associated with noise exposure, for example, providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Providing information and training where necessary
Under the Noise Act of 1996, any noise that is deemed to be a ‘nuisance’ can result in work being terminated immediately and may incur heavy fines. This can range from parties to DIY/construction projects and the use of heavy machinery.
To ensure that you are abiding by noise laws, a competent person is required to assess the noise levels in your workplace. A competent person will have the necessary skills and expertise of dealing with noise laws.
We can provide you with consultants from the leading health and safety field, providing you with the coverage you need that will stand up to HSE inspection.
If you are unsure about your noise levels then it is essential that you contact our customer care team today. We can advise you and provide information on the most suitable ways to ensure that you are fully compliant with UK law. So call us today on 0800 211 8331.