Legal Obligations

Good maintenance reducing the physical hazard of noise. | Maintenance - a High Risk Activity| Provision of Appropriate Equipment |Solving Noise Issues through Maintenance

The Statutory obligations on employers related to noise are summarised below:

Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 Part 2 Chapter 1  Regulation 31 “an employer shall ensure that -

(a) throughout its working life equipment is kept, by means of adequate maintenance, at a level such that it complies with the provisions of this Chapter,

(b) where possible, maintenance operations are carried out when work equipment is shut down, and where this is not possible, appropriate protection measures are taken for the carrying out of such operations or such operations are carried out outside the area of danger,

(c) work equipment is maintained in such a way as to reduce the risks to users of the work equipment and to other persons at work, and

(d) a maintenance log for the machine is kept up to date.

Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007 Part 5 Chapter 1 Regulation 125 “an employer shall- 

(a)  in compliance with the general principles of prevention set out in Schedule 3 to the Act, and in consultation with the employer’s employees or representatives, or both, ensure, as far as reasonably practicable, that the risk arising from exposure of the employer’s employees  to noise is either eliminated at source or reduced to a minimum”.

Regulation 125 list a number of controls which must be taken account of by the employer which includes taking account of appropriate maintenance programmes for work equipment, the place of work, workstations and systems of work”.