Essex nightclub fails to protect workers from excessive noise
The owner of two nightclubs in Colchester, Essex has been fined following an investigation by Colchester Borough Council.
Elysium Leisure, the owner of Hudson and Qube, pleaded guilty to failing to protect staff from excessive noise in the workplace, which may have involved the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Chelmsford Crown Court heard that Environmental Health Officers had contacted Elysium Leisure in 2014 about the control of noise in the workplace. This was part of a campaign aimed to raise awareness in pubs and clubs of the potential health issues that may be caused by excessive noise at work.
In 2014, the officers visited Qube to discuss the issue of noise, finding that the company had failed to provide an assessment of the employees being exposed to excessive noise at work. The managers at the club were given information about producing a suitable assessment. However, as the managers at the club did not have the necessary knowledge to produce an assessment, they were advised to seek professional assistance so that they could comply with their legal obligations.
Elysium Leisure failed to produce an assessment by 2015, and the council served an Improvement Notice on the company for both its night clubs. It was November 2015 before the company hired a professional contractor to help fulfil the legal obligations.
The company was fined £4,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,500, plus a victim surcharge of £120, and was reminded that excessive noise in the workplace can cause premature deafness in workers.