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Control of noise at work in music and entertainment – Sound Advice/Health and Safety Executive (2008)


Author: Sound Advice Working Group
Organisation/Affiliation/Publisher: Sound Advice / Health and Safety Executive
Date: 2008

The purpose of this guidance is to provide practical advice on developing noise-control strategies in the music and entertainment industries to prevent or minimise the risk of hearing damage from the performance of both live and recorded music. It will also help performers and other workers and employers meet their legal obligations under the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 (the Noise Regulations). It has been produced by a working group of industry stakeholders with the support of the Health and Safety Executive. It supplements the general HSE guidance on the Noise Regulations (L108) Controlling noise at work: The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005. This guidance will help: Venue owners; Venue designers and builders; Venue operators and managers; Musicians, performers and entertainers and their employers; Promoters and producers; Technical, production, service and support staff and their employers; Suppliers of sound equipment; Those involved in musical education; Anyone whose work may create a noise hazard in the music or entertainment industry.

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