Some dry cleaning processes can be noisy due to the operation of machinery. Most of this noise is restricted to internal processes and is therefore a concern in relation to occupational health and safety rather than community noise complaints. It is an offence to allow the emission of noise from premises if the noise is caused by the failure to maintain or operate machinery in a proper and efficient manner.
Consider the following actions to minimise noise on your premises:
- Reduce machinery noise by shielding, enclosing and muffling. Mount machinery on rubber. Maintain equipment regularly so that it is in good working order and there are no rattles or vibrations.
- Close external windows and doors when working outside standard hours but make sure the work area is well ventilated.
- Limit vehicle movements to standard daytime working hours.
- Make every effort to reduce all nuisance noise if your working hours are outside normal working hours.
- Avoid the use of amplified telephone bells and loud radios.
- Your local council
- DECC Environment Line, Tel: 131 555
- Yellow Pages â€“ look under 'Noise Control Equipment', 'Noise Insulation' and 'Acoustic Consultants'.
Page last updated: 27 February 2011