Journal article

Applying the Hierarchy of Hazard Control to Regulation of Sound Levels in Entertainment Venues

Elizabeth Francis Beach, Robert Cowan, Johannes Mulder, Ian O'Brien

ANNALS OF WORK EXPOSURES AND HEALTH | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2020

Abstract

Excessive sound levels at events where amplified music is a central element pose a risk to hearing. Whereas noise exposure in the workplace has been recognized as a hazard for over a century, the potential harm resulting from recreational sound exposure has only become apparent in recent years. In occupational settings where sound levels are high, employers are required to implement risk-mitigation strategies to reduce sound exposure and protect employees in accordance with the hierarchy of controls. In principle, this same risk management approach can be applied to entertainment venues. In this paper we discuss how the measures stipulated in various policies and regulations aimed at protect..

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The authors acknowledge the financial support of the Australian Government Department of Health, Department of Industry and Science, and the HEARing CRC, established under the Australian Government's Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program. The CRC Program supports industry-led collaborations between industry, researchers and the community.