Tool and Equipment Hire Management (TEHM) – noise management essentials

The purpose of this standard is to provide the Tool and Equipment Hire manager with the required skills and knowledge to ensure the company complies with legislation for both internal and external users of equipment likely to cause Noise Pollution and implement Noise level monitoring, control management and health monitoring if required within the company.


Tool and Equipment Hire management (TEHM) – Noise Management essentials 


Minimum 1 day of 6 learning hours

Purpose/[Text Wrapping Break]scope 

The purpose of this standard is to provide the Tool and Equipment Hire manager with the required skills and knowledge to ensure the company complies with legislation for both internal and external users of equipment likely to cause Noise Pollution and implement Noise level monitoring, control management and health monitoring if required within the company 


Safety Management – Noise Management Essentials -  

Employers should monitor noise levels generated by work activities and machinery in the workplace on a regular basis – use noise measuring equipment. Have procedures in place for reducing noise to an acceptable level and minimising exposure, 

The manager will be be aware of: 

The medical Conditions  

  • Regular exposure to loud noise can lead to permanent hearing loss and/or tinnitus  
  • Generally a long latency before the effects of damage due to noise exposure may be noticed. 

The causes -  

  • The use for more than 15 minutes per day of typical hire items: hand-held or hand guided power tools and machines - concrete breakers, concrete pokers; sanders, grinders, disc cutters; hammer drills; chipping hammers;chainsaws, brush cutters, hedge trimmers; powered mowers; scabblers or needle guns  
  • Poorly maintained equipment -  

Understand and implement: 


  • The Control of Noise at Work Regulations - 6 April 2006. Aim is to ensure that workers' hearing is protected from excessive noise at their place of work. It places a duty on employers within Great Britain to reduce the risk to their employees health by controlling the noise they are exposed to whilst at work 
  • Obligation to: 
  • Conduct a noise assessment where there is likely to be a risk to health; measurement is only required if necessary. The risk assessment has to be recorded and the measurement data preserved. 
  • Conduct Noise assessments Between 80 and 85 dB(A). 
  • Provide employees with information about risks and training at 80 decibels 
  • Audiometric testing to be made available to employees at 80 dB(A) where there is a risk to health, and a right to hearing checks above 85 dB(A) 
  • The Directive requires noise reduction programmes to reduce levels at 85 dB(A) instead of the current 90 dB(A) 
  • Provide hearing protection and hearing protection zones at 85 decibels (daily or weekly average exposure) 
  • Must not expose workers above 87 decibels, taking account of any reduction in exposure provided by hearing protection 
  • The Health and Safety at Work Act Section 6 places broad responsibilities for the safety of the products Hire & Rental operations hire out. This includes (so far as reasonably practicable) pre-hire testing and inspection to ensure continued safety and performance to manufacturer stated equipment noise levels, and the provision of information. 

Obligations to manage 

  • The level at which employers are exposed to noise:- 
  • Risk Assessment approach – effective controls to eliminate or reduce exposure for technicians and Hire Desk operatives 
  • Product return from hire - inspections and maintenance or disposal 
  • Provide training to employees and AIG (advice, information & guidance) to both employees and customers 
  • Health Surveillance and record management - employees 

Occupational relevance 

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational group(s):  

  • supervision (with potential for development into managerial role) 
  • management and leadership 

Candidate[Text Wrapping Break]pre-requisites 

This training is designed to up-skill both new  tool and equipment hire managers and existing managers who lack formal qualifications - both would, after training and practical on-job experience, benefit from assessment leading to the award of the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hire and Rental (Equipment Plant and Tools) 

Instruction/ supervision 

As a minimum, course instructors must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they are/have: 

  • a qualified, experienced trainer 
  • be qualified Hire and Rental Management (VQ level 3) 
  • a verifiable CV 


Delivery will be in an off the job environment. 

All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for candidates to achieve learning outcomes and must comply with relevant legislation. 

The class size and candidate/instructor ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable candidates to achieve the learning outcomes. 

The following delivery methods may be used in the delivery of this standard: 

  • a blend of classroom and e-learning 

This standard is considered to contain 51% or more theoretical learning.  

This standard is considered to be set at an Advanced level.


Methods of assessment considered appropriate for training delivered against this standard are:  

For the successful completion of training, the trainer must be satisfied that the candidate has achieved all of the training learning outcomes  

Quality assurance 


Quality assurance against this standard will require initial approval of the training organisation and their content mapped to the standard.  

CITB will also conduct an approval intervention, either desk-based or centre visit, to ensure the training organisation can meet the requirements of the training standard.  

Approved training organisations (ATOs) will be required to present information on records of training and assessment upon request to CITB for desk based analysis. They will also be visited annually by the CITB quality assurance team. 


Non-mandatory refresher every 3 years. 

Approval date 

March 2020 

Review cycle 

Either on request or 3 years from approval date 

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to: 

Additional guidance to support learning outcome

Manage Safety effectively   

Be able to review existing H&S internal policies/strategies for compliance and be fully conversant with the H&S duties for employers and clients; risk assessment and legislation pertaining to Noise level monitoring; implementation of controls and Health screening if required 

Manage Risk effectively  

Be able to identify and manage business risk at local level 

Record keeping 

Describe what records must be kept to comply with current legislation and company procedures 


Describe employer duties under Section 6 of the Health and Safety at Work Act and The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2006