What do you need to do?
Information, instruction and training
- If staff and performers understand the risks of noise exposure, they will be more likely to take action to protect their own and their colleagues' hearing
- Share your policy for managing noise with the musicians and DJs you hire to perform - a contract setting out your noise policy can help
- Awareness is very important; it will inform the proper application of all the other risk reduction measures. People in the industry have to be made aware of the potential for permanent hearing damage associated with working in a high noise environment.
- Employers should try to ensure that employees understand the need to follow the employer's or venue operator's suitable and sufficient instructions. Employers must provide suitable information, training and instruction for their employees and those involved in productions, events, and performances.
- The role of middle management and supervisors in developing and applying a successful noise policy is important. Their training and instruction is a high priority.
Working with staff
Regular meetings with staff help to:
- Identify problem areas and deal with them quickly.
- Show them what you are doing about noise, and why.
- Raise awareness of the risks.
- Engage them in positive measures to control the risks.
Working with performers
- Whatever the size of the venue, if you hire musicians or DJs you are advised to exchange a formal contract (See Noise control measures) with them and anyone else involved, such as an agent or a fixer.
- If possible, encourage performers to use your in-house PA system rather than setting up their own kit. This makes it easier for you to control noise exposure.
- Between sets, encourage performers to move to a quiet area.
- Make sure that support acts, such as disco or karaoke do not contribute to excessive noise exposure