Noise prevention measures for reductions in noise-induced hearing loss

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Source: DGUV

Legal guidelines

In effect since 9 March 2007, the German Noise and Vibrations Occupational Safety and Health Ordinance (LärmVibrationsArbSchV) implements two EC guidelines and represents a common legal framework for exposure to noise and vibrations.

LärmVibrationsArbSchV is put into tangible terms by various technical rules (TRLVs) describing:

  • The identification and assessment of noise and/or vibration-related hazards;
  • The measurement of noise and vibrations; and
  • The determination of suitable protective measures.
Work carried out in accordance with relevant TRLVs can be assumed to comply with LärmVibrationsArbSchV.

The rules are drawn up by the Committee for Industrial Safety (ABS) and published in the web-based Joint Ministerial Gazette by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.


Peter Hammelbacher
German Social Accident Insurance Institution for Woodworking and metalworking
Tel.: 089 17918-15509