Industrial Noise & Vibration Centre

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3 Day Entertainment & Music Venue Noise Risk Assessment & Management


This is a practical 3 day competency course that not only covers the skills and knowledge required to manage the requirements of the regulations, but also provides a pragmatic guide to current best practice. Extensive use is made of case studies from across the entertainment and music sectors and practical work involves measurement and assessment using both classic and contemporary examples. The noise control element includes physical (design and materials), electronic and psychological factors.

This is a practical, enjoyable and non-academic way to become a competent person under the Noise at Work Regulations 2005. It will save you time and money by showing you how to meet all the regulatory requirements as efficiently and practically as possible.

Just to reiterate how much I enjoyed the course - facinating and delevered with expert knowledge and panache...

Location: this is usually run in-house where the host invites delegates from other venues to attend.

Course outline: Health and Safety professionals in the music and entertainment industry and anyone who needs to devise and implement an effective noise management programme to meet the legal requirements and HSE expectations under the regulations.

Learning objectives and outcomes:  delegates gain knowledge and confidence to successfully identify their organisation’s obligations under current regulations, assess Noise at Work risks and take appropriate steps to create and manage a noise risk reduction action plan.

Accreditation: INVC attendance certificate
Qualification: 2hr open book written exam leading to INVC certificate if applicable - 6 CPD points.
Relevant regulations: Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005

  • How the ear works and the effects of high sound levels.
  • The effects of noise-induced deafness & how the ear works
  • Units of measurement and scales used in noise assessments
  • The behaviour of sound and acoustic materials
  • The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005
  • The noise management programme
    • including hearing protection strengths and weaknesses
  • Homework
  • Instruments for measuring sound
  • Noise survey procedures
  • Practical measurement workshop
  • Reporting
  • A review of the noise control options and techniques currently available
  • Case studies including review of recent Royal Opera house and practical noise control group project.
  • 2 hr Open Book Exam - If Applicable


While this course is designed for delegates with no background knowledge in noise assessment you may find the following tasks helpful.

  • Look at what noise policy or assessments your company already has in place. By doing this, as the week progresses you will start to gain an idea of what improvements need to be implemented once you return to work.
  • If your company has a sound level meter, try to bring it with you. This will: a) enable you to check it is suitable for noise at work risk assessments; b) you can use your own meter for the practical session. While we provide easy to use, quality sound level meters for delegate use on the course, it is better to familiarise yourself with an instrument you are likely to use at work.
  • Download and skim-read the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005. A downloadable version is available from the HSE using this link. Control Of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 (L108). You might also want to take a look at the relevant sections of the Purple Guide (there is a subscription charge).