Re: too loud?
Originally Posted by Jon84
Is there no health an safety limit in the US?
In the UK its the law to provide Ear Protection for workers if above 85DB, however there are only guidelines for Audience Members: http://www.hse.gov.uk/event-safety/noise.htm
In short, no part of the audience should be exposed to over 106dbA, and be kept away from speaker stacks by at least 3m.
Alot of small venues have power sources to the stage that cut the Amp Power if the limit is exceeded.
Most larger bands will be monitoring levels of the audience throughout the performance.
In general in the UK I've noticed gigs and other events like the cinema are quieter than they used to be!
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has limits for employers but not for situations like concerts. They deal specifically with worker safety but personal safety people shouldn't be dumbasses and go to shows without ear protection ever!
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