Some activities in small factories can be noisy due to the operation of large 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. There are strict regulations that make noise an offence.
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 so that 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 factory is open round- the-clock. Legislation limits the amount of noise permitted and when it is permitted.
- Avoid the use of extension telephone bells and public address systems.
- Your local council
- DECC Environment Line, Tel: 131 555
- Yellow Pages - look under 'Noise Control Equipment', 'Noise Insulation' and 'Acoustic Consultants'.
Page last updated: 27 February 2011