Schools thinking about installing sound proof fencing
at their premises to protect pupils' hearing will be interested to learn that the dates for this year's Noise Action Week have been formally unveiled.
Taking place between May 23rd and May 27th, Noise Action Week will raise awareness of the problems posed by excessive noise while offering communities, individuals and organisations the resources to flag-up and deal with these issues.
One of the main themes for this year's event is noise and schools, with emphasis on the importance of a healthy noise environment for both children and teachers.
Other areas of concern will be noise in gardens and open spaces, neighbourhood noise and noise from licensed premises and events.
For employers, the Health and Safety Executive recently developed a simulated recording of the damage to hearing that can occur over the course of a working life.
According to The Noise Regulations 2005, employers are required to prevent or reduce risks to health and safety from exposure to noise at work.