The Environmental Noise (England) Regulations 2006 implements the European Noise Directive, which requires European companies to conduct environmental noise monitoring, and take steps to control their impact on the wider environment.
Under the Control of Vibrations at Work Regulations 2005, employers must protect workers from health risks caused by vibration. Action and limit values were introduced for hand-arm and whole-body vibration.
Employers have a ‘duty of care’ in providing a safe work environment, as outlined in the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999). This includes ensuring good air quality and controlling exposure to hazardous substances.
Employers are required to protect workers from health risks caused by vibration, under the Control of Vibrations at Work Regulations 2005, which introduced action and limit values for whole-body and hand-arm vibration.
Employers have a legal duty to protect employees from noise under the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005. This affects employers of businesses involved with noisy powered machinery or tools, or explosive sources.