Noise and vibration occupational safety ordinance

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Basic data
Title: Ordinance on the protection of employees from the hazards caused by noise and vibrations
Short title: Noise and vibration occupational safety ordinance
Abbreviation: LärmVibrationsArbSchV
Type: Federal Ordinance
Scope: Federal Republic of Germany
Legal matter: Administrative law , labor law
References : 805-3-10
Issued on: March 6, 2007 ( BGBl. I p. 261 )
Entry into force on: March 9, 2007
Last change by: Art. 2 Regulation of November 15, 2016
( Federal Law Gazette I p. 2531, 2548 )
Effective date of the
last change:
November 19, 2016
(Art. 4 of November 15, 2016)
Weblink: Text of the regulation
Please note the note on the applicable legal version.

The Noise and Vibration Occupational Safety and Health Ordinance is a German ordinance that aims to ensure the protection of employees ( occupational safety ) in the event of hazards from noise and vibration .

The "Ordinance on the Protection of Employees from Hazards from Noise and Vibrations" - LärmVibrationsArbSchV - was issued on March 6, 2007 ( Federal Law Gazette I p. 261 ). It was issued on the basis of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. The ordinance was last changed with the amending ordinance of 19 July 2010 ( Federal Law Gazette I p. 960, 964 ). With the LärmVibrationsArbSchV, the two European occupational health and safety directives on noise ( Directive 2003/10 / EC ) and vibrations ( Directive 2002/44 / EC ) are incorporated into state law; the international ILO convention No. 148 on noise is implemented with the regulation.


The LärmVibrationsArbSchV contains basic regulations for the protection of employees from noise and vibration exposure at work. For operational practice, provisions of the ordinance that require explanation are further specified by technical rules on a sub-legal level. The technical rules were determined by an expert committee (operational safety committee). The Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs publishes these rules officially in the Joint Ministerial Gazette.


The LärmVibrationsArbSchV applies comprehensively to all areas of employment. Employees on seagoing ships and employees in mining are excluded from the scope of application, insofar as there are legal provisions that contain equivalent regulations. For employees of the Bundeswehr who are or may be exposed to noise and vibrations during activities, the Federal Ministry of Defense is authorized to provide for exceptions to the provisions of the ordinance. The ordinance creates nationwide regulations for the work of employees under the effects of noise and vibrations. The aim of the regulation is to protect employees from damage to health and to improve safety in the workplace.

Guide values

The regulation sets the following guidelines:


Action values ​​in relation to the daily noise exposure level and the peak sound pressure level :

Upper trigger values: L EX, 8h = 85 dB (A) or L pC, peak = 137 dB (C),

Lower trigger values: L EX, 8h = 80 dB (A) or L pC, peak = 135 dB (C).


Hand-arm vibrations:

Exposure limit value: A (8) = 5 m / s 2

Trigger value: A (8) = 2.5 m / s 2 .

Whole body vibrations:

Exposure limit value: A (8) = 1.15 m / s 2 in the X and Y directions and A (8) = 0.8 m / s 2 in the Z direction

Trigger value: A (8) = 0.5 m / s 2 .

Further instructions

In addition to the limit values ​​for noise and vibrations that may affect employees, the LärmVibrationsArbSchV also determines the methods to be used to determine these values, as well as various measures to avoid and reduce the dangers of these exposures . In addition to technical means, such as hearing protection , this also includes training for employees and preventive medical examinations (e.g. G20 “Noise”). The last section of the regulation regulates permissible exceptions, transition periods and administrative offenses.

Help to implement the noise and vibration occupational safety regulations

To support the implementation of technical noise protection measures according to the Lärm-VibrationsArbSchV, the web application "Noise protection information from the Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the German Social Accident Insurance - IFA-LSI 01-200" provides an overview of various sources of supply for low-noise tools as well as components, facilities and materials for noise reduction. The search for manufacturers or suppliers takes place in the web application via categories, and there is also an alphabetical supplier directory. The information is based on information provided by the suppliers without any claim to completeness. Commercial use and liability are excluded.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the German Social Accident Insurance (IFA): List of sources of supply for noise-reduced tools and materials: IFA-LSI 01-200. Retrieved February 4, 2019 .