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Non-binding guide to good practice for the application of Directive 2003/10/EC Noise at work

This good practice guide explains how workers' exposure to noise at work can be reduced or avoided.

The non-binding guide, drawn up according to Directive 2003/10/EC on the minimum safety and health requirements regarding the exposure of workers to the risks arising from physical agents (Noise), is intended to assist companies, to implement the provisions of this Directive.
The guidance document explains how to carry out a risk assessment and how to choose the most suitable solutions by tackling noise at source, and encouraging collective protective measures over personal protection. In addition, a specific chapter presents practical and specific provisions to help workers and employers in the music and entertainment sectors, where workers are particularly exposed to very high noise levels. The manuscript was completed in 2007.

Contents:

  • Chapter 1: Principles of acoustics.
  • Chapter 2: Risk assessment procedure
  • Chapter 3: Workplace design
  • Chapter 4: How do we reduce noise exposure?
  • Chapter 5: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): characteristics and selection of personal hearing protectors
  • Chapter 6: Purchasing quiet work equipment
  • Chapter 7: Hearing damage and health surveillance
  • Chapter 8: The Music and Entertainment Sectors
  • Chapter 9: Summary of the EU Noise Regulations
  • Annex l. List of Keywords, List of Abbreviations and Glossary
  • Annex ll. Legislation, Standards and Sources of Further Information on Noise

Publication details
Published by: EU Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
Publication date: 2008
Number of pages: 174 pp.
 

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