Managing noise and preventing hearing loss at work
Safe Work Australia
This Code is intended to be read by a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU). It provides practical guidance to PCBUs on how to manage health and safety risks associated with workplace noise.
This Code may be a useful reference for other persons interested in the duties under the WHS Act and WHS Regulations.
This Code applies to all workplaces covered by the WHS Act where exposure to hazardous noise may occur.
Although the WHS Regulations for noise are limited to managing the risks of hearing loss, the duties in the WHS Act extend to all health and safety risks arising from the conduct of a business or undertaking and therefore this Code also includes information about other agents that may contribute to hearing loss in Appendix B—Other causes of hearing loss in the workplace.
2: Noise And Its Effects On Health And Safety
3: The Risk Management Process
4: Assessing The Risks
5: Controlling The Risks
6: Role Of Designers, Manufacturers, Importers, Suppliers And Installers Of Plant, Substances Or Structures
Appendix A: Glossary
Appendix B: Other Causes Of Hearing Loss In The Workplace
Appendix C: Noise Hazard Identification Checklist
Appendix D: Ready Reckoner
Appendix E: Content Of A Noise Assessment Report
Appendix F: Engineering Control Measures