Workplace Noise Regulations

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Do you know what legislation and Australian Workplace Noise Level Standards apply to your business?

Please see below for information relating to Occupation Noise Law in Australia. All the information is taken directly from the Standards, Act’s and work noise regulations mentioned.

The majority of fines for breaching the requirements in the Australian Noise Standards Act’s and Regulations below are $6,000 for a natural person (Director or Owner) and $30,000 for the business per charge. A business (and it’s owners) often have multiple charges laid against them should they be found non-compliant.


The Australian Standard on Noise Management

AS/NZ 1269.1 Occupational Noise Management states;

An assessment should be carried out at least every 5 years to monitor changes in noise exposure due to various factors, eg: deterioration of equipment, changes in work procedures, introduction of new production processes and effectiveness of engineering noise controls.

An assessment of only part of the workplace shall be carried out, eg: in areas where new plant has been introduced, where work practices have changed, and in new vehicles which may have been purchased.

Executive Summary; To ensure compliance you must have your noise assessed every 5 years at a minimum! You should also test new vehicles and the effect of new equipment to you workplace as soon as the changes occur. We can provide this service to you at the best price combined with exclusive services like half price re-testing! See our Employer Services page for more information.


Victorian Specific Law
For employers and business owners

The  Vic OHS Regulations 2007 state;

3.2.7- Determination of exposure to noise

(1) An employer must ensure that a determination of an employee’s exposure to noise in the workplace is carried out in accordance with this regulation if there is uncertainty (based on reasonable grounds) as to whether the noise exposure standard is or may be exceeded.

(2) In considering whether a noise exposure standard is or may be exceeded, an employer must not take into account the effect of any hearing protectors the employee may be using.

(3) A determination under subregulation (1)—

  1. must take into account—must not take into account the effect of any hearing protectors the employee may be using.
    1. The level of noise to which the employee is exposed; and
    2. The duration of the exposure; and
    3. Plant and other sources of noise at the workplace; and
    4. Systems of work at the workplace; and
    5. Any other relevant factors; and
  2. must not take into account the effect of any hearing protectors the employee may be using.

 

Executive Summary; As an employer you must identify, assess and control the noise risk to your employees and others. Our noise assessment services will provide you with the information you need to satisfy this legislative requirement. Our services also include an ‘Action Plan’ for you to ensure legal compliance. See the details of our service and the other exclusive benefits we offer our customers on our Employer Services page.

3.2.10- Acquisition of plant

An employer who introduces new or additional plant for use in the workplace must have regard to the sound power level of the plant in order to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that employees will not be exposed to noise that exceeds the noise exposure standard.

Executive Summary; If you complete a Noise Assessment with us and then alter your existing plant we will re-assess your noise levels at half the regular service charge. This enables you to verify your controls with minimal cost to your business. See our Employer Services page for other information on the exclusive benefits we offer our customers.

For Manufacturers and suppliers of plant and equipment;

The Vic OHS Regulations 2007  state;

2.2- Manufacturers

(2) If plant, when used at a workplace for the purpose for which it is manufactured, may cause an employee’s exposure to noise to exceed the noise exposure standard, the manufacturer of the plant must—

  1. Determine its sound power level; and
  2. when supplying the plant to another person, ensure that the plant is accompanied by a record that states the sound power level of  the plant.

2.3- Suppliers

(1) A supplier of plant must provide with the plant any record received from the person from whom the plant was acquired that states the sound power level of the plant.

Executive Summary; If you manufacture or supply (sell or import) plant or equipment you have a duty to provide information regarding the noise output levels of your product. We can assist you in meeting this obligation, see our Manufacturers and Suppliers Services page for more information.


Noise Law for QLD, NSW, TAS and SA

For Person’s Conducting a Business Undertaking
(Employers and Business Owners)

The National WHS Regulations 2011 state;

57- Managing risk of hearing loss from noise

(2) A person conducting a business or undertaking at a workplace must ensure that the noise that a worker is exposed to at the workplace does not exceed the exposure standard  for noise.

Executive Summary; To ensure that your employee’s exposure does not exceed the exposure levels you must complete a noise assessment. We provide noise assessment services to employers of all sizes in all industries. See our Employer Services page for more information.

 

For those who manufacture, supply or import plant and equipment;

The National WHS Regulations 2011 state;

59- Duties of designers, manufacturers, importers and  suppliers of plant:

(2) A designer of plant must give to each person who is provided with the design for the purpose of  giving effect to it adequate information about:

  1. the noise emission values of the plant; and
  2. the operating conditions of the plant when noise emission is to be measured; and
  3. the methods the designer has used to measure the noise emission of the plant.

 

(4) A manufacturer of plant must give to each person to whom the manufacturer provides the plant adequate information about:

  1.  the noise emission values of the plant; and
  2.  the operating conditions of the plant when noise emission is to be measured; and
  3.  the methods the manufacturer has used to measure the noise emission of the plant.

 

(5) An importer of plant must take all reasonable steps to:

  1. obtain information about:give that information to any person to whom the importer supplies the plant.
    1. the noise emission values of the plant; and
    2. the operating conditions of the plant when noise emission is to be measured;and
    3. the methods the designer or manufacturer has used to measure the noise emission of the plant; and
  2. give that information to any person to whom the importer supplies the plant.

 

Executive Summary; If you manufacture or supply (sell or import) plant or equipment you have a duty to provide information regarding the noise output levels of your product. We can assist you in meeting this obligation; see our Manufacturers and Suppliers Services page for more information.