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How much noise is too much?

Do you need to raise your voice to be heard over equipment?

Can you hear emergency alarms when they activate?


Temporary loss of hearing or permanent hearing loss from exposure to noise exceeding prescribed standards.

Tinnitus (or ringing in the ears) which usually goes away but in severe cases it may not causing additional problems.


Dependant on the context and conditions, but may include for example:

  • Eliminate the source of the noise where possible
  • Find alternative, quieter equipment to use
  • Insulate worker areas from noise producing machines
  • Reduce the amount of time spent in a high noise environment
  • Provide hearing protection
  • Provide hearing tests for workers to establish any loss of hearing attributable to work


Information SourceContents
Safe Work Australia - Code of Practice: How to Manage Work Health and Safety RisksThis code provides practical guidance for persons who have duties under the WHS Act and Regulations to manage risks to health and safety.
Part 4.1 of the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011Information on the regulations that apply to work that has noise hazards.
Safe Work Australia - Code of practice: Managing Noise and preventing hearing loss at work (includes information on acoustic shock and other sources of hearing loss)Risk management strategy for occupations that have high levels of noise.
Comcare - FAQs about noiseFrequently Asked Questions about regulatory obligations involving noise-related work.


Information sourceWhat it contains
Incident notification - Part 3, Section 35 to 37 of the Work, Health and Safety Act 201The legislative requirements for incident notification to Comcare.
Comcare - Guide to incident notificationHelps you decide whether you need to notify Comcare of an injury, illness or dangerous incident under the WHS Act.
Page last updated: 10 May 2019