Industrial activities can produce significant levels of noise and vibration to residents living nearby, and to employees of the industrial company itself.
Industrial development will usually require a detailed noise impact assessment and vibration assessment to be carried out in support of a planning application. Typically, these will be in accordance with BS 4142:2014 and BS 6472:2008, although some specific industrial activities have their own unique British or International Standards or guidance documents.
Some regulated industrial activities will require an assessment to be submitted to and approved by the Environment Agency rather than the Local Authority. These assessments must be in accordance with the Environment Agency’s IPPC Horizontal Guidance Note.
Employees of industrial companies are also potentially at risk of noise induced hearing loss. The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 requires employers to assess the noise exposure of staff and implement appropriate mitigation schemes where noise levels exceed permitted levels.
ACA Acoustics will undertake the required sound and vibration level surveys and assessments to either support your planning application or to assess your employee’s exposure to noise. Our experience and innovative thinking means any required mitigation scheme will be practical and cost-effective, whilst achieving the desired result.
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