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Control measure

Safe system of work: Noisy environments

Control measure knowledge

If it is not possible to reduce or isolate the source of noise, safe systems of work should be implemented to ensure: 

  • Communication between personnel is maintained¬†
  • Personnel do not rely on audible cues or information, especially for emergency evacuation or tactical withdrawal

Alternative methods of communication may need to be adopted. This could include visual signs using hands, flags or lights.

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Consider providing equipment to assist with alternative methods of communication

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Consider using alternative methods of communication in noisy environments

  • Consider implementing appropriate methods to activate the emergency evacuation or tactical withdrawal of responders in noisy environments