Help and frequently asked questions

How do I protect myself from noise exposure at work?


Employers have a legal duty to protect your hearing. There are laws that aim to protect your hearing, called the Control of Noise at Work Regulations (2005) – details are available on the HSE website.

The regulations say that if you are exposed to loud noise at work, your employer must have noise levels assessed, and keep a record of the assessment.

You will know that an assessment is needed at work if you have to shout to communicate with someone who is two metres away from you.

You may also be concerned if your work involves listening to loud sounds through headphones or earpieces for much of the time.