The manufacturing industry’s noise laws

We have been dealing with the issue of industrial noise for years. Our team has been able to assist countless clients by providing the most effective silencer designs. This includes the in-line silencer among others. You could have too much sound coming from your duct work, generators, or compressors. Whatever the circumstances are, we will be able to help.

When dealing with noise in the manufacturing industry, it is wise to start by looking at the laws that surround it. There are all sorts of regulations to govern the amount that is allowed in your workplace. In Europe, the EU Directive 2006/42/EC has details specifically for machinery, safety components, lifting equipment, etc. This is what we will be focusing on in this post. It still applies in the UK, even after Brexit.

What is it?

For those that don’t know, the EU Directive is meant to ensure there is a common safety level with different machinery and parts. One thing it aims to do is tackle noise at the sources. This is normally the most effective and economical way to approach the issue. It is necessary to lower exposure as much as you possibly can to protect people.

Exceeding guidelines

If you exceed the guidelines, it becomes necessary to inspect the cause. A timetable with an action plan shall have to be conceived and executed. Employees shall have to receive sufficient details about the levels and the taken measures. Other necessary information to provide includes details on the risk of hearing loss that the noise exposure could cause. There is also the obligation to use hearing protection.

The maximum noise limit as defined by the European Directive 2003/10/EC is 87 dB(A) Leq. This is for 8-hour work days. If there is a case where national law dictates a lower sound level than that, you need to adhere to it.

In-line silencer design for manufacturers

At Ventx, we supply silencers to keep workers safe. In addition, they help businesses to follow the laws surrounding maximum sound levels. Since we use acoustic modelling software too, we can design a silencer that fits your requirements perfectly.

So, if you would like to do business with us, please let the team know. We can design an in-line silencer for any need, including various types of machinery and equipment. Or, if it is not the most effective design, we can offer an alternative.