Most of the noise associated with foundries results from the processes and machinery used.
Reduce the noise level of any equipment that is excessively noisy by carrying out repair and maintenance work, using acoustic enclosures or erecting noise barriers.
Conduct regular maintenance checks on hydraulic system motors to make sure they have not become noisier.
Be aware there are legal requirements on occupational exposure to noise. (Contact WorkCover NSW for details, Tel: 131 050).
Avoid the use of extension telephone bells and public address systems.
Check with your local council for any noise restrictions applying to your premises or location.
Note: Regulatory authorities may also issue notices and directions requiring you reduce or cease noise from your premises that could be found offensive. 'Offensive noise' means that by reason of its level, nature, character, quality or the time at which it is made, or any other circumstance, the noise is harmful or interferes unreasonably with the comfort of people who are outside your premises.
Under the POEO Act, your local council or the EPA have the power to issue:
- a noise abatement direction, which provides a quick response to stop offensive noise (e.g. drilling) that is occurring, or has occurred, in the last seven days, for a period of up to 28 days.
- a noise abatement order, issued at the request of a citizen, to control longer-term offensive noise.
- a noise control notice, to control longstanding noise problems that may prohibit an activity or use of equipment that is emitting noise above a specified level when measured at a specified distance (e.g. demolition or construction noise between the hours of 6pm and 7am that exceeds X decibels when measured at the entrance gate of the premises)
- a prevention notice, to prevent, control,or minimise the emission of noise (e.g. requiring someone to repair, replace or maintain noisy equipment, or cease carrying out a certain activity).
- Your local council
- DECC Environment Line, Tel: 131 555
- Yellow Pages: look under 'Noise Control Equipment', 'Noise Insulation', and
Page last updated: 27 February 2011