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Are personal headphones banned?


Hearing protection in the office

One of your office staff has just demanded a pair of ear defenders. They said that they’ve tested the noise levels using their mobile phone and identified that they’re too high. How should you deal with this one? More...


An exemption to the rules

A colleague has told you that you can apply for an exemption certificate from using hearing protection when working in a noisy workplace. Is this really the case and if so, is it something you should explore? More...


Does your policy comply?

As the Noise at Work Regulations 2005 came into force in April 2006, you should ensure that any policy you have is updated to reflect the changes. If you need some help with this, why not use our sample noise at work policy? More...


A “hard drive” to distraction

Noise is in the news, you’ve dealt with the major issues but now you’ve heard that office background noise could also be a problem. Is this really a health and safety issue, and if so, what steps can you take to manage it? More...


Sound off

Since we last covered the Control of Noise Regulations, a new guidance note has been published. Does this mean the regulations apply now and if so, what are the implications? More...


Open-plan perils

A subscriber has received a complaint from an employee about the noise levels in their open-plan office. They want to know what the law says and what inexpensive solutions are available (if he’s right). What are their options? More...


Another set of amendments

The latest revision to the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations has just begun to come into force. What are some of the most important changes which you should know about? More...
Last updated: 12.08.2020

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