Industrial Noise at Work Consultants providing IPPC, BS4142, Noise at Work Assessments

There are many different noise issues that industrial operations may have. These may be related to construction noise, industrial operation noise, employees being exposed to high levels of noise in the workplace, or it may be that a site requires planning permission or is accused of causing a nuisance.

BS 4142:1997 'Method for rating industrial noise affecting mixed residential and industrial areas' is one of the most commonly used standards for assessment of industrial noise.

The standard is used to determine acceptable levels of noise from industrial and commercial noise sources as experienced at residential properties or development sites.

BS4142 provides a methodology to compare the level of industrial noise with existing background noise levels at nearby residential properties in order to determine the likelihood of complaint. More about BS 4142

Integrated Pollution Prevention Control (IPPC) is a regulatory system to ensure that industry adopts an integrated approach to pollution control to achieve a high level of protection both for local people and the environment.

Industrial operators of new or proposed installations must apply for a permit from the Regulator (Environment Agency or Local Authority) prior to operation.

Exiting sites must apply within a specified time frame.

The applicant must consider all environmental and health impacts associated with emissions from the installation, this includes noise impact.

Not all types of industry require IPPC assessments.

The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 look to protect the hearing of employees.

The regulations now apply to all employment areas in the UK.

Noise levels impacting on staff are measured, and a noise dose is calculated for each staff member.

Depending on the magnitude of the dose, noise attenuation measures may be required, this may include provision of hearing protection zones and equipment. More about noise at work

Assessments can also be undertaken for BS5228 Noise and vibration control on construction and open sites. Code of practice for basic information and procedures for noise and vibration control.

Minerals extraction and processing sites are usually undertaken using the calculation methods set out in BS5228.

Renewable energy sites such as wind farms and hydro electric sites can also generate noise which should be controlled.

Power, Gas and Petrochemicals sites often require large scale noise impact assessments, which Blue Tree Acoustics can produce. These sites might also require our assistance at Public Inquiry.

Environmental Protection Act, Control of Pollution Act and Noise Nuisance assistance is also offered.

Blue Tree Acoustics staff have undertaken hundreds of Industrial assessments in many different local authority areas.

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