The key changes in the L108 update

The key changes in the L108 update

Many people are exposed to noise levels at work that may be harmful, leading to permanent and incurable hearing damage.

The third edition of L108 is aimed at employers and other duty holders and includes the Control of Noise at Work Regulations alongside guidance on what they mean, setting out an employer’s legal obligations to control risks to workers’ health and safety from noise. You can find out more on the HSE website.

We’ve put together a list of some of the key changes in the recent update; please note this is only a summary of the changes, and is not all inclusive.

Here are some of the key changes included in the L108 update:

  • An update of references to ISO standards, other guidance and regulations that may have changed since the original version.
  • A re-arranged structure so that this now flows better, including a chart which explains the regulations and the key elements of the guide related to each.
  • Some new images on control methods, to reflect up to date workplaces and controls.
  • An improved explanation on how the noise ready reckoner works and the how to use the new noise calculators.
  • Additional information on electronic hearing protection to reflect increasing interest and uptake of these devices.
  • A new figure outlining how health surveillance should work for those with hearing loss and comments clarifying what HSE expect when employers put health surveillance in place.

If you would like to talk to a member of the team in more detail about the update, get in touch with us today.