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British Live Music Biz Faces Noise Law

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The British music industry and live entertainment companies will have to begin obeying a new noise law to protect employees from damage related to hearing loss beginning next April.

The new law limits acceptable noise levels by lowering them from current regulations by 5 decibels. Employers will be required to take measures to limit staff exposure to excessive noise and provide adequate protection, such as ear plugs, to protect staff from inner ear damage.

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health is co-hosting a forum on October 11-12 at the Earls Court Conference Centre in London to help companies implement the new rules.

The law follows the release of a report titled “Noise Overload” that was published last December. The report concluded the noise levels at several clubs and bars in Britain reached 110 decibels, comparable to being within two feet of an aircraft taking off.

The study revealed that more than 170,000 Britons suffer from deafness, tinnitus and other hearing problems related to unsafe levels of music in the workplace.

“Noise Overload” was published by the Trade Union Congress and the Royal National Institute for the Deaf. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers