10 January 2006

EU directive against noise

EU directive calls for tougher limitations of noise in the workplace. By 15 February, 2006 the laws and regulations of all EU countries must meet the standards set by the noise directive covering all workplaces.

The EU directive sets a daily noise exposure limit value of 87 dB. This represents a strengthening of noise regulations in a number of countries compared with earlier noise exposure limits of 90 dB.

In workplaces with noise levels above 87 dB the directive compels the companies to take measures to lower the noise.

Hearing protection to be tested

If noise levels cannot be adequately reduced the employees must be furnished with hearing protection. The directive includes requirements that testing must be done to ensure that the hearing protection is sufficiently effective in reducing the noise levels experienced by employees to acceptable levels.

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