Identify appropriate controls by understanding noise hazards and risks 

Follow a risk management process to help you understand and manage noise hazards and risks from your business. You can learn how to follow a risk management process involving these steps:

Steps in controlling hazards and risks infographic

Following a risk management process will also help you identify controls to put in place.

Put controls in place

Before you put controls in place, consider your approach to planning and site management.

For example, consider whether your site layout helps or hinders your control of hazards and risks. Also ask whether your business processes, systems and activities help you prevent harm.

The controls you put in place will depend on your business activities and the type or frequency of noise.

Aiming to prevent noise is the preferred approach. Other approaches involve: 

  • substituting the cause of the noise with an alternative that doesn’t generate noise  
  • physical engineering controls
  • administrative controls, such as procedures and training.

Examples of controls and things you can do to reduce noise include:  

You can use other controls, so long as you can demonstrate you’ve eliminated or reduced the risk of harm as far as reasonably practicable.

You may also need to seek extra or more tailored advice from a suitably qualified person. This might involve engaging a consultant.

An acoustic consultant is an example of a suitably qualified person. This will typically be a person eligible for membership of the Australian Acoustical Society. The business a consultant works for will typically be a member of the Association of Australasian Acoustical Consultants.

Resources to help you manage risk

EPA has guidance on noise and you can find guidance for your industry.

These resources can also assist you:  

Australian Standards

  • AS/NZS 1269.1 Measurement and assessment of noise emission and exposure. 
  • AS/NZS 1270 Acoustics – hearing protectors.
  • AS/NZS 1269.3 Occupational noise management – hearing protector program.
  • AS 2586 Audiometers.
  • AS/NZS 1269.4 Occupational Noise Management Part 4: Auditory Assessment.

Read next 

About noise

Noise advice for businesses

Work-based noise examples

Respond to a noise incident or complaint 

Reviewed 4 May 2021