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Steps you can take to reduce noise exposure include:
Acoustic panelling: Avoid reverberant or unsuitably small spaces. Install specially designed acoustic panelling, wall-linings and floor coverings in frequently used rehearsal and performance spaces. Low and medium frequency acoustic absorption in pits or rehearsal rooms reduces exposures and improves clarity too.
Acoustic treatments: Install curtains, drapes and carpeting to achieve lower noise levels. Make sure, however, that the materials used do not create a fire hazard.
Acoustic ceiling: Make use of existing acoustic panels, e.g. adjustable roof panels which may not be apparent.
Acoustic screens: These may be small screens on stands or continuous absorbent screens. They can protect people from noisy sections in orchestras and bands and in amplified environments offer significant protection. Extreme care is needed in their positioning to avoid making things worse for other performers.
Remember to regard the steps as options on a menu, bearing in mind the hierarchy of control, and pick the most appropriate solutions to suit the particular problems of any one event.
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