Control measure knowledge

Under The Control of Noise at Work Regulations and The Control of Noise at Work Regulations (Northern Ireland), noise in the working environment should be eliminated or reduced. If this is not feasible, personnel should be removed from the source of the noise, or be provided with personal hearing protectors that are appropriate to the environment or activity. 

Pre-planning may identify likely sources of noise and appropriate control measures that reduce exposure to noise. 

Strategic actions

Fire and rescue services must:
  • Assess and identify measures to eliminate or reduce risk from exposure to noise in the workplace
Fire and rescue services should:
  • Provide personnel with appropriate hearing protectors

  • Ensure information about noise hazards is recorded in Site-Specific Risk Information

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Reduce prolonged exposure to the source of noise

  • Increase the distance of personnel from the source of the noise 

  • Ensure personnel wear appropriate hearing protectors