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July 20, 2008

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Charity provides sound advice for entertainment sector

Bar owners, club promoters and pub landlords can obtain a free ‘Noise at Work Explained’ pack from the charity, which will guide them through the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 and their extension this year to apply to the music and entertainment industry. The guide provides advice on how to run venues in accordance with the requirements of the regulations, and helps explain noise exposure. It also contains sample earplugs and posters for staff rooms.

Agnes Hoctor, senior campaigns officer at RNID, said: “We don’t want employers to panic about protecting workers’ hearing. The point of this law is to prevent hearing loss, not to persecute clubs and bars. The pack will help employers make the regulations workable, by looking after workers’ hearing, keeping punters happy, and avoiding the hearing-loss time bomb threatening the UK economy.

“There is no cure for noise-induced hearing loss, but it is 100-per-cent preventable.”

The free packs are available by calling 020 7296 8171, or e-mailing: [email protected]

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