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The Noise at Work Regulations 2005 manage noise levels in the workplace. The regulations came into force in 2006 for most industries and 2008 for the music and entertainment sectors.
Employers are required to carry out a noise assessment and take appropriate action in any workplace where employees may be exposed to excessive noise levels.
The emphasis of the noise assessment for Noise at Work regulations is on reducing noise levels, with hearing protection being a last resort.
Noise levels can bereduced through machinery modifications, working pattern changes, building structure modifications, or other advised technical changes.
Noise at work regulations for the music and entertainment sectors means license holders and operators of live music venues, nightclubs, and even relatively small bars, may have an obligation to carry out a Noise at Work assessment.