Controlling the risk of noise

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Strategies for Noise Reduction at Work

Addressing workplace noise requires a proactive approach, exploring quieter processes, equipment, and exposure reduction to protect workers.

Initial Steps for Noise Reduction

Begin by assessing potential to eliminate noise sources:

  • Consider alternative equipment or processes for quieter operation.
  • Isolate noisy machinery away from worker areas when possible.

Further Noise Reduction Strategies

If noise cannot be eliminated, explore these options:

  • Implement quieter equipment or processes.
  • Apply engineering controls to reduce noise at its source.
  • Use barriers, screens, and absorbent materials to minimize noise transmission.
  • Design the workspace to include quiet zones or stations.
  • Adopt work methods that lower noise levels.
  • Restrict time spent in noisy environments by employees.

Long-term Noise Control Measures

For sustainable noise management:

  • Adopt a low-noise purchasing policy for all new machinery and equipment.
  • Ensure regular maintenance considers noise reduction.

Employee Responsibilities and Training

While employees should utilise noise control measures:

  • Employers must provide necessary information, instruction, and training on noise risks and control measures.
  • It's the employer's duty to ensure workers understand and comply with noise control strategies, with adequate supervision where required.


Through practical and cost-effective actions, businesses can significantly reduce noise exposure, enhancing worker safety and compliance with regulations.