chapter  16
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Noise control

When an employee is exposed above the second or peak action levels of the 1989

regulations the employer has a duty to reduce noise exposure to the lowest level

reasonably practicable by means other than the use of hearing protection. At any

level of exposure, the employer has a duty to reduce, so far as is reasonably

practicable, the risk of hearing damage. There may be other reasons why it is

desirable to reduce noise levels in a workplace. For example, it may improve

efficiency if employees can communicate more easily with each other and use

telephones and other devices. Or there may be other safety issues such as the

audibility of alarms.