The BBPA guidance on 'Control of Noise at Work', offers a framework for businesses to comply with Noise Regulations. Music and entertainment sectors are defined in the Noise Regulations as “all workplaces where live music or recorded music is played, be it in a restaurant, bar, public house, or nightclub, or alongside live music or a live dramatic or dance performance”.
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 give employers and workers responsibility for managing the risk of noise. Hearing can suffer permanent damage from excessive noise which may not show up until later in life. This guide aims to help pub operators take steps to ensure that people working on the premises do not suffer hearing damage. This includes responsibility for the door supervisors, DJs and musicians working on the premises although DJ’s and freelance musicians also have a responsibility to protect their own hearing.