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NOISE DIRECTIVE (2003/10/EC). Eleni Dapergola/ DG EMPL/D Bucharest, 20 and 21 October 2005. European Commission – Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities. Article 137 of the Treaty. - Workplaces - Work Equipment, Scaffolding - Personal Protective Equipment

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NOISE DIRECTIVE (2003/10/EC)

Eleni Dapergola/ DG EMPL/D

Bucharest, 20 and 21 October 2005

European Commission – Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities


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Article 137 of the Treaty

- Workplaces

- Work Equipment, Scaffolding

- Personal Protective Equipment

- Display Screen Equipment

- Safety Signs

  • - Carcinogens

  • - Biological Agents

  • - Chemical Agents

  • Physical Agents:

  • - Noise

  • - Vibration

  • - EMF - Optical Radiation

- Construction Sites

- Mineral-extracting Industries

- Drilling in Mineral-extracting Industries

- Fishing Vessels

- Explosive Atmospheres

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- Asbestos

Framework Directive

89/391/EEC

  • to encourage improvements in health and safety at work


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Background

  • Discussions started at Council level in 1999 during German Presidency. Initial proposal was split in four directives.

  • Two first directives “Vibrations” and “Noise” were adopted by the E.P. and the Council in 2002 and 2003.


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Major work-related health issue

  • Reduces / eliminates easy communication

  • Verbal warnings/instructions more difficult to hear

  • Increases stress levels

  • Significant risk to construction workers

  • Usually found where vibration is also an issue


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Sector:

Agriculture

Construction

Manufacturing

Education

Textiles

Transport

Health care

Activity:

Pig feeding

Scabbling - Road laying

Diamond drills and saws

Nurseries

Sewing shop

Trucks

Removing a (plaster) cast

Extreme risk.Vibration sources also often noise sources


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Legal structure

Similar legal structure to other EU H&S directives

• General provisions

• Obligations of employers

• Miscellaneous provisions

• Final provisions

• Annex


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Aim and Scope

lays down minimum requirements for the protection of workers from risks to their health and safety arising or likely to arise from exposure to noise

NOTE:

Framework Directive 89/391/EEC fully applies

The new Directive applies to all workers including those engaged in sea transport and in air transport

General provisions


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Definitions

peak sound pressure: maximum value of instantaneous noise pressure

daily noise exposure level: time-weighted average of the noise exposure levels for a nominal eight-hour working day

weekly noise exposure level: time-weighted average of the daily noise exposure levels for a nominal week of five eight-hour working days

General provisions



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General provisions

Main changes in relation to the 1986 Noise Directive:

A new "exposure limit value" – must not be exceeded

The exposure limit values take into account the attenuation provided by the individual hearing protectors worn by the worker; this does not apply in the case of the exposure action values


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Obligations of employers

Risk assessment at suitable intervals, including measurements of level of noise by competent services and recorded

On the basis of the risk assessment the employer shall identify which measures must be taken


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Risks arising from exposure to noise must be eliminated at their source or reduced to a minimum

The reduction of such risks must be based on the general principles of prevention set out in the Framework Directive

Workplaces where workers are likely to be exposed to noise exceeding the upper exposure action values must be marked with signs; if the upper exposure action values are exceeded, the employer must establish and implement a programme of technical and/or organisational measures intended to reduce the exposure to noise

Obligations of employers


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Obligations of employers their source or reduced to a minimum

If the risks arising from exposure to noise cannot be prevented by other means, individual hearing protectors must be made available to workers.

The employer must ensure the wearing of hearing protectors and shall be responsible for checking the effectiveness of these measures.


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The employer must ensure that workers who are exposed to noise at or above the lower exposure action values (80 dB (A)) receive information and training relating to risks resulting from exposure to noise

In accordance with Directive 89/391/EEC Consultation and participation, information and training of workers shall take place as well as health surveillance (early diagnosis of hearing impairment)

Obligations of employers


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Step by step dealing with noise noise at or above the lower exposure action values (80 dB (A)) receive information and training relating to risks resulting from exposure to noise


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Miscellaneous provisions noise at or above the lower exposure action values (80 dB (A)) receive information and training relating to risks resulting from exposure to noise

Derogations

Where the use of individual hearing protectors would be likely to cause greater risk to health or safety than not using such protectors, Member States may, under certain conditions, grant derogations from the directive


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Miscellaneous provisions noise at or above the lower exposure action values (80 dB (A)) receive information and training relating to risks resulting from exposure to noise

Repeal

The Directive 86/188/EEC is repealed with effect from 15 February 2006






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Noise OpportunitiesDirective (2003/10/EC)

Thank you

for

your attention

European Commission – Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities