dBx Jargon Buster - Control of Noise at Work Regulations

Welcome to the dBx Acoustics jargon buster! In this section, we list some common acoustic terms as well as standards and guidance you may be asked to comply with. If there’s something you need to know that we haven’t covered here, please let us know.

Control of Noise at Work Regulations

The Noise at Work Regulations set ‘action values’ dependent on the level of noise to which employees are exposed. This can be considered both in terms of daily and weekly exposure, to take into account different working patterns. Where the lower action level is met, hearing protection must be made available to employees. At the upper action level, employers must ensure that hearing protection is used.

The regulations also put a duty on employers to take all reasonable steps to reduce noise at source.