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March 19, 2010

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Campaign – Quiet quest

A new initiative has been launched to encourage manufacturers to make quieter machinery and businesses to use it, in a bid to reduce noise-related ill health in the workplace.

The HSE’s ‘Buy Quiet’ campaign wants everyone with an interest – manufacturers, suppliers, employers, unions, insurers and consultants – to consider what they can do to reduce the risk. It is particularly keen to foster closer relationships with manufacturers to see how noise reductions can be made at source.

A workshop event was held earlier in March, where relevant businesses and organisations could discuss their ideas and experiences. The workshop included information on the legal requirements associated with noise emissions, the commercial considerations of producing low-noise machinery, and help for employers to identify and manage risks of exposure to excessive noise in the workplace.

HSE inspector of Health and Safety (Noise & Vibration), Sarah Haynes, said: “Noise-related ill health can have a devastating impact on workers and their families, and Buy Quiet is about exploring ideas and sharing information about what can be done to reduce the risks.

“We are really encouraged by the positive feedback from the event and by how keen many businesses and organisations are to work more closely with HSE in coming up with potential solutions. HSE will continue to engage with industry to raise awareness of potential benefits, both health and commercial, of low-noise machinery production.”

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