Model Code of Practice: Managing Noise and Preventing Hearing Loss at Work - Australian Government


You may be required to comply with this standard if you intend to operate an offshore petroleum facility.

An offshore petroleum facility is a vessel or structure located at a site in Commonwealth waters which is used for:

  • the recovery, processing, storage and offloading of petroleum
  • drilling or servicing a well for petroleum
  • laying pipes for petroleum
  • other purposes related to offshore petroleum operations.

The Model Code of Practice for managing noise in the occupational environment specifies the length of time a person without hearing protection can be exposed to a particular noise level in decibels before the noise exposure standard is exceeded. You must not allow a member of your workforce to be exposed to a level of noise that exceeds the standard.

Please note that exposing members of your workforce to a level of noise that exceeds the noise exposure standard is not an offence if the noise exposure is managed in accordance with the provisions of the Code.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

Act(s) name

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Safety) Regulations 2009 Australian Government

Administering agency

National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority

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