The main changes
to the 1986 workplace noise Directive as presented under a Swedish proposal
The action values of 90 dB(A) and 85
dB(A) were reduced to a limit value of 85 dB(A) and an action value of 80
A lower action value of 112 Pa for
impulse noise instead of 200PA.
Health surveillance by or under the
responsibility of a doctor was required at 80
dB(A) and 112 Pa.
Hearing protection, which must be
worn above 85 dB(A) and 200 PA, must reduce the risk to below 80 dB(A) and
There was no derogation provision
from the hearing protection requirements.
There were no exceptions for sea and
The proposal were
then changed to meet the needs of
the UK following negotiation. The UK
negotiators achieved considerable success in reducing the burdens on
industry implicit in the draft without detracting from the benefits to
The table below, shows
the main differences between the final proposal and the 1986 Directive:
Scienco are currently performing
workplace noise survey to both standards, ensuring there will be no need to
repeat the exercise once the new directive is adopted.
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