Noise is of the most widespread and underestimated of workplace hazards. Workers exposed to high noise levels are at risk of suffering permanent noise induced hearing loss. Noise at lower levels can also be a hazard.

The Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 2007  limit exposure to 85 decibels (A) averaged over 8 hours, with a peak level of 140dB(C). If the noise level in a workplace is 88 decibels(A), then the maximum time a worker can be exposed is four hours, and so on.

Use the tool below to see the effect of increased volume on safe exposure time:

Exposure to noise levels over this will lead to permanent damage.


Why is noise a problem?
Noise is a serious hazard in many workplaces and can have a permanent effect on workers exposed to it. Permanent damage: Many workers are exposed...
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Is noise a problem in your workplace
 and what should you do about it? Consult with workers in your Designated Work Group (DWG) regarding the noise levels and what effects it might...
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Noise Exposure Standard
While the Victorian Exposure Standard is in line with the National Standard of 85dB(A) over an 8 hour period, there are indications that this needs...
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More information on Noise
More information on Noise - links, documents and more: Summary of Part 3.2 - Noise of the Victorian OHS Regulations on this website. You can...
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