Industrial acoustics includes manufacturing, refining, quarrying and power generation amongst others. Industrial noise may also cause problems with people in the surrounding vicinity even though noise levels may appear to be addressed on site.
Industry tends to generate excessive amounts of noise due to the processes required as part of the manufacturing process, such as:
– Repetitive noise from a machine process
– Noise generated as part of producing energy
– Plant noise from machinery used for extracting materials or products
– Impact noise from vehicles moving stillages and pallets
While it is justified to assume that isolating noise should be the priority, reverberation is often over looked and preventing noise reflecting off hard surfaces is essential to maximizing performance levels.
Industrial applications are not governed by specific standards as in Education or Healthcare as a result of the diverse nature of this sector.
BS 4142:2014 is used to rate and assess industrial and commercial sound. An assessment is required by the Planning Authority for new developments and it can also be utilised to assess the sound levels for any issues or concerns that have been raised.
BS 8233:2014 provides guidance for the control of noise in and around buildings and helps to define what is considered acceptable in different environments.
Noise at Work is an important factor in acoustics given that compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act (Noise at Work 2005) is mandatory. It is an employer’s duty to ensure that where noise cannot be reduced to acceptable levels (over the period of exposure required) relevant control measures are introduced to reduce the risk to acceptable and manageable levels.
How we can help
New Build – From a BS 4142 Environmental Noise Assessment to satisfy planning requirements to assisting with the design of specialist elements of the building to contain known noise sources
Refurbishment – We can provide design assistance for all your requirements to ensure your refurbishment meets the required acoustic standards
Noise at Work – We can undertake surveys and provide reports to ensure your business complies with Noise at Work regulations
New Plant and Machinery – Assessments and guidance is available to ensure any machinery to be installed, or plant to be introduced on to the site will not have a detrimental effect on your operation
Quarries and open sites – Undertake Environmental Noise Assessments to ensure existing and planned works do not contravene local planning requirements.