Pub Owners in East Riding Warned Over Noise
12:00pm 21st May 2013
Recent visits have found that many owners of licensed premises in the East Riding are not aware of legislation on the control of noise at work.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council has recently made targeted visits to 84 licensed premises, providing advice and guidance to assist them in complying with the Control of Noise at Work Regulations.
Under this legislation, employers have a responsibility to ensure measures are in place to protect workers from excessive noise, including loud music.
This week is Noise Action Week, and they are warning that prolonged exposure to any noise, including music, can cause permanent hearing damage.
Loud music in pubs and clubs not only has an adverse impact on staff, but can also cause a noise nuisance to neighbours.
Councillor Jackie Cracknell, portfolio holder for community involvement and performance, said: “If you can hold a normal conversation in work areas without the music being too obtrusive, then your exposure is likely to be under the safe levels. If the music is obtrusive or you have to shout, people at work may be at risk and you need to protect them by taking action to comply with the regulations.”
Licensees are being advised to take a number of steps, including reducing the time workers spend in noisy areas, providing staff with information on noise and providing a health surveillance programme if staff are at higher risk.
For advice on the control of noise regulations, contact the council’s health and safety team on 01482 396096, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www/soundadvice.info/ For advice and guidance on how to avoid causing a noise nuisance, contact the council’s environmental control team on 01482 396301, email email@example.com or visit http://www2.eastriding.gov.uk/environment/pollution/noise/ .
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