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Document ID (ISN)106425
CIS number 07-434
ISSN - Serial title 0339-6517 - Documents pour le médecin du travail
Year 2006
Convention or series no. DMT107TC110
Author(s) Canetto P.
Title New regulations on noise at work
Original title Une nouvelle réglementation sur le bruit au travail [in French]
Bibliographic information 3rd Quarter 2006, No.107, p.297-307. Illus. 16 ref.
Internet access$File/TC110.pdf [in French]
Abstract The "Noise" Directive 2003/10/EC (see CIS 06-253) is to be transposed into the national legislation of the European Union member states during 2006. The new regulations have been extended to include reference to new general principles of occupational safety and health, as well as examples of solutions for reducing noise. This article presents these new aspects together with their implications for occupational safety and health. The most significant changes include the lowering of exposure levels that require preventive actions and the introduction of threshold limit values. The role of occupational physicians is confirmed and broadened. It is suggested that lack of clarity concerning the threshold limits, the acceptable hazard evaluation methods and the methods for taking into account attenuation by personal protective equipment are expected to figure among the main potential problems in implementing the regulations.
Descriptors (primary) responsibilities of employers; France; hearing conservation; noise; exposure evaluation; European Union
Descriptors (secondary) hearing protection; noise level; hearing loss; industrial physicians; sound attenuation; comment on directive; permissible levels
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Noise, hearing and vibration
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Noise
Exposure evaluation