The Costs and Benefits of the Noise at Work Regulations 1989

Honey S, Hillage J, Jagger N, Morris S | Contract Research Report 116/97 | Health and Safety Executive | Jan 1997

The Noise at Work Regulations (1989) placed a series of duties on British employers to take action to reduce the risk of employeesfrom loud noise in the workplace.

As part of a review of these Regulations IES was commissioned to assess the costs and benefits to employers directly and indirectly arising from the regulations.

The assessment was based on a postal survey, of an achieved a sample of 1,889 organisations with five or more employees, and supplemented by a literature review, follow-up telephone and face to face interviews with 51 respondents and more detailed case studies in a further 11 sites.