Amplified Live Music

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Managing exposure

  • In the amplified music industry a person's exposure to noise can vary considerably from day to day
  • There are ways an employer can manage an individual's exposure to high noise levels

Here are some ways an employer can manage people's exposure to noise if amplified live music is to be performed:

  • Plan carefully - some work can be done when the noise hazard is not present - for example, plan for the lighting and sound teams to do their checks at different times.
  • Balance loud and quiet activities for example, show and offsite duties
  • Ensure that staff take breaks and rest periods away from loud noise areas
  • Rotate staff to limit exposure time (particularly useful for stewards and security staff)
  • Limit any recorded music to predetermined levels that are monitored and controlled. Recorded music should be kept as low as practicable, especially between acts, to reduce overall exposure
  • Schedule shows to ensure that staff have a balance between loud and more moderate events
  • Issue of appropriate hearing protection
  • Keep health records - this can help the employer monitor individual exposure and will assist in the event of legal action

You can determine exposure over a working week rather than a single 8-hour period. For example, on travel and set-up days there is less exposure than on show days.

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