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Noise in the workplace - Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)

The principal objective of the legislation and this code of practice is to reduce the incidence and severity of hearing loss resulting from excessive noise exposure in workplaces. The most effective and reliable way to prevent and control this significant hazard is to eliminate, or at least quieten the sources of noise to which employees are exposed.

Since the publication of the original Approved Code of Practice for the Management of Noise in the Workplace in 1996, there have been changes in the standards that underpinned the code.

The publication of these standards has included some significant changes to the preferred work practices or arrangements that a code of practice is intended to present.It has been necessary to update this approved code to recognise these changes.

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Last updated 2 May 2016


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