Noise in the workplace
Exposure to excessive noise in the workplace can result in hearing impairment. Damage to ear drums and the complex structures in the inner ear can result in temporary and permanent hearing loss.
We have produced guidance on managing noise in the workplace.
While this guidance has not been updated to reflect current work health and safety legislation (the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and regulations), it may still contain relevant information and practices to keep workers and others healthy and safe.
Please read this guidance in conjunction with all relevant industry standards that apply to you as a PCBU. This guidance will be progressively reviewed and either updated, replaced with other guidance, or revoked.
Guidance for PCBUs
Managing noise in the workplace
Provides guidance on identifying and assessing noise hazards, controlling them at the source, monitoring health effects of excessive noise and training and education.
Control guide: Management of noise at work
Gives advice on establishing a noise management strategy.
A message to employers on preventing hearing loss
Gives advice about noise-induced hearing loss, the responsibilities regarding noise surveys, hearing tests and noise control plans. It also includes information about hearing protection and education for workers.
Set of noise fact sheets
- how noise affects your hearing
- how can hearing damage be avoided
- how PCBUs can reduce noise
- fitting personal hearing protection
- facts about hearing protection.
Occupational noise exposure – Selection and use of hearing protectors
Gives advice on hearing protector ratings. It also includes advice on the selection, use and maintenance of hearing protectors.
Classified hearing protectors
Intended to assist PCBUs and workers to choose hearing protectors that will give suitable protection against excessive noise levels.
Hearing protection poster - Noise Hazard Area
Used in a workplace where a specific class of hearing protection must be worn. It can be printed on A3 or A4 posters and as A4 stickers.
Guidance for workers
A message to employees on avoiding hearing loss
Gives advice on the symptoms of hearing loss, how hearing ability is measured and ideas for support when hearing loss has occurred.
Listen! You might be going deaf
This is available in 3 languages and provides guidance to help workers recognise the warning signs of hearing loss.