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Health Hazards: Noise

Volume 461: debated on Monday 11 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department has taken to educate people about the risk to their hearing from over exposure to loud noise; and if she will make a statement. (139164)

The Department has set up an ad hoc advisory group to advise about the effects of environmental noise on health, which includes the risk to hearing from over exposure to loud noise. This group is currently producing a report on these matters, which is due to be published later this year.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) produce a leaflet entitled ‘Protect your hearing or lose it’, which looks at noise and health issues in the workplace. This is available on the HSE website at, and a copy has been placed in the Library.