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Noise safety

Last updated September 2018

This chapter explains the risks of noise exposure and how to manage them in your workplace.

Your health and safety obligations in relation to noise

You have a duty to eliminate, or reduce as far as reasonably practicable, the risks to your workers that are caused by noise hazards.

Definition: Noise Hazard

A noise hazard is a system or process that creates levels of noise that can lead to the risk of hearing loss.

Examples of noise hazards include:

  • an explosion;
  • operating a jackhammer; and
  • using loud machinery with repetitive noise.

Under the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations, there are specific obligations to ensure you have processes in place for monitoring and controlling the risk of hearing loss associated with noise.

Tip: Safe Work Australia has published a model code of practice, Managing noise and preventing hearing loss at work, which sets out greater guidance on the duty of care.