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Industrial and Occupational Noise
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. BS 4142 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 complaints.
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.
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.
Assessments can also be undertaken for BS 5228 'Noise and vibration control on construction and open sites - Code of practice for basic information and procedures for noise and vibration control', along with assessments under The Environmental Protection Act and The Control of Pollution Act.