A growing recognition of the importance of machinery noise in the workplace and in the environment, and product noise in the home has led to increased regulations
and consumer awareness.
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005, Environmental Protection Act 1990 and Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999 are having a growing impact on
a wide range of manufacturing and service industries. In addition, the Machinery Safety Directive, Physical Agents Directive and Noise Emission Directive will all
require manufacturing industry to comply with new legislation.
A competitive edge is also gained by those manufacturers who address product noise as a commercial issue. A design for quiet operation is a design which sells.
Due to the wide ranging nature of the subject, this course is offered on a company specific basis. Following initial discusions, a training package will be developed
with a syllabus designed to meet the needs of the particular target audience. This flexible approach can incorporate both internal company presentations and external
specialist expertise where appropriate to create an inclusive package.
The course provides an introduction to the subject of noise with particular emphasis on noise units, measurement and analysis techniques, the correct use of
instrumentation, interpretation of results and basic noise control. A draft outline of a typical 2 to 3 day course is given below.
Emphasis may be placed on topics of particular interest to the company, and the duration of the course may be adjusted as appropriate. Comprehensive notes
covering will be prepared and these serve as a valuable reference after the course.
A typical syllabus for a 2 to 3 day course can include noise terminology (dB, A-weighting, LAeq, LAmax, LAmin, LN, SEL etc);
sound pressure, intensity and power; instrumentation for noise measurement; noise sources and sound generation;
sound propagation mechanisms; sound reflection and absorption processes; the acoustics of enclosures and partial enclosures;
measurement procedures (including acoustic intensity and coherence techniques); data analysis techniques and interpretation;
noise induced hearing loss; hearing conservation and ear protectors; acceptability criteria, legislation and standards;
controlling noise at source - shop floor remedies; noise control materials and procedures.
As the course will be tailor made for each company, it can be designed to cater for managers, engineers or technicians whose work may involve them in
problems of industrial and product noise and vibration. The suggested syllabus is intended to provide an introduction to the subject.
No prior knowledge of the subject is necessary and lectures can be presented in a way which involves little or no technical or mathematical treatment.
The detailed subject matter of this style of course is normally specific to a particular company or industry. For this reason the course is offered with a
flexible format and may be presented as a short course or as a series of informal presentations on company premises or at a convenient local hotel.
Presentation dates are negotiable and the course may be delivered as a block of 1,2 or 3 days, or on a one day per week basis. Programmes are
individually tailored in order to accommodate company training requirements in terms of subject matter, technical level and duration. This may
involve integration with third-party lectures to form an inclusive package.