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The role of regulatory bodies in health hazards control is to set and enforce standards, and provide the infrastructure and framework to facilitate this. However, regulatory measures alone will not achieve the desired results unless managements are committed to controlling and preventing such hazards at the plant level.

This paper reviews Singapore’s experience in the area of noise control over the years and the impact at the national and workplace levels of various strategies and programmes, ranging from enforcement, implementation of hearing conservation programmes and training of competent persons, to promotional efforts and recognition schemes.