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Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act No. 85 of 1993)


Noise-induced Hearing Loss Regulations, 2003

10. Control of noise exposure



1) An employer or self-employed person shall ensure that the exposure of a person to noise is either prevented or, where this is not reasonably practicable, adequately controlled: Provided that the control of the exposure shall be regarded as adequate if the exposure is below the noise-rating limit, or if the exposure is at or above the noise-rating limit but the reason has been identified and action is taken as soon as is reasonably practicable, by means other than the use of hearing protective equipment, to lower exposure so that it does not exceed the noise-rating limit.


2) In order to comply with subregulation (1) an employer or self-employed person shall, as far as is reasonably practicable, reduce exposure to noise by implementing noise control measures in the following order of priority :
a) Engineering control measures to eliminate or reduce noise at its source, or the modification of the routes by which noise reaches workplaces;
b) administrative control measures to limit the number of persons exposed and the duration of exposure; and
c) the use of hearing protective equipment if engineering and administrative control measures fail to reduce exposure below the noise-rating limit.