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Noise information & guidance - sorted alphabetically by title.

Classified Hearing Protectors

The information contained in this publication is intended to assist employers and employees to choose hearing protectors that will give suitable protection against excessive noise levels. It is based on AS/NZS 1269:2005 Occupational Noise Management.

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Hearing loss (Listen - You might be going deaf)

'Listen - You might be going deaf' is a booklet containing questions and answers on noise and how it affects you. Get the answers about how noise affects you. Available in three languages - english, samoan and tongan.

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Hearing loss - A message to employees on avoiding hearing loss

This leaflet looks at causes, prevention and effects of hearing loss.

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Hearing loss - A message to employers on preventing hearing loss

This leaflet gives information on managers' responsibilities, noise surveys, hearing protection and developing a noise control plan.

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Hearing protection poster

This sign available as a A3 or A4 poster or as A4 stickers

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Hearing protectors - Selection and use of hearing protectors

The classified list of tested hearing protectors that have been tested to the new standard will be placed on the internet and updated from the information provided by suppliers who have had their devices tested in accordance with AS/NZS 1270. As hearing protectors are tested to the Standard they will be included in the Classified list on the Internet. No further additions will be made to the Grade list. Should you encounter a classified (rather than a graded) hearing protector which is not featured on the classified list enquiries can be made to the WorkSafe NZ National Office who will be able to report on the current status of the device. (Note there may be a time lag between supplier's application and the actual listing).

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Noise - Control guide: Management of noise at work

The Control Guide: Management of Noise at Work provides step by step guidance to assist organisations to effectively manage workplace noise and prevent noise-induced hearing loss. This guide provides the information needed by management to implement a comprehensive programme and strategy for managing noise. The essential ingredient from management is commitment to action, shown through personal involvement and the allocation of adequate resources.

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Noise - Factsheets

The dangers of noise in the workplace - main facts covered in six fact sheets.

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Noise abatement for circular saws

Outlines some of the latest research on, and most practical methods for, reducing circular saw noise.

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Noise in construction

Many construction tasks, tools and equipment produce high noise levels, which can lead to hearing problems. This fact sheet outlines ways you can manage noise at your workplace.

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Noise in manufacturing

Many manufacturing processes, machinery and equipment produce high noise levels, which can lead to hearing problems. This fact sheet outlines ways you can manage noise at your workplace.

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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.

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Preventing noise induced hearing loss on farms

The purpose of these guidelines is to help reduce the risk of injuries and fatalities by providing practical guidance on how to manage loud noises on farms.

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On Monday 4 April 2016, the New Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA) came into effect.

HSWA repeals the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, with immediate effect.

All references to the 1992 Act on this website and within our guidance will be progressively removed.