Sound Advice- Protecting Employees Hearing

21 July 2010

Pubs of Ulster wish to advise members of information and advice they can obtain to determine compliance with noise at work regulations.

Noise in pubs and clubs can vary and noise exposure to employees depends on the volume, proximity to speakers and shift patterns. Significant repeated exposure to high noise levels can cause permanent hearing damage and members are advised to consider if they are complying with appropriate standards. Pubs of Ulster advise members of a dedicated website which contains practical guidelines on the control of noise at work in music and entertainment sectors. The website contains a section focusing on pubs and clubs. A noise risk assessment is required if employees are exposed to noise levels exceeding 80dB(A) (averaged over an 8 hour period). A list of acoustic consultants is available from Pubs of Ulster or your local District Council. Further information on protecting employees hearing at work is also available from the RNID or the Environmental Health Department of your District Council. Resources on this subject will become available in the coming weeks.