Amplified Live Music

What do you need to do?

Information, instruction and training

  • If all performers and crew understand the risks of noise exposure they will be more likely to take action to protect their own and their colleagues' hearing.
  • Awareness of noise risk is very important; it will inform the proper application of all the other risk reduction measures. People in the industry have to be made aware of the potential for permanent hearing damage associated with working in a high noise environment.
  • Employers should endeavour to ensure that employees understand the need to follow the employer's or venue operator's suitable and sufficient instructions. Employers must provide suitable information, training and instruction for their employees and those involved in productions, events, and performances.
  • The role of middle management and supervisors in developing and applying a successful noise policy is important. Their training and instruction is a high priority.

Performers, sound engineers and everyone contributing to a live event should recognise that excessive noise exposure is a hazard to their hearing and can cause permanent deafness or tinnitus - and may stop them being able to do their jobs.

Regular meetings with safety representatives, musicians and stage crew will help:

  • Identify problem areas and deal with them quickly
  • Show the performers and technicians what you are doing about noise, and why
  • Raise awareness of the risks
  • Engage performers and crew in positive measures to control the risks

People should be trained in their specific duties.

Advise staff that exposure to noise outside work may also damage their hearing (for example, loud personal stereo, motor-racing, going to gigs on days off)

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