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Noise & Vibration Monitoring and Assessment on Construction Sites


Noise & Vibration Monitoring and Assessment on Construction Sites
Work on construction and demolition sites creates environmental noise and vibration that can be a nuisance to neighbouring properties. Guidelines in the Control of Pollution Act (1974) give levels that are considered to be acceptable, and local authorities under Section 60 are given powers to ensure that working practices are modified to comply with the limits. Producing an acceptable noise and vibration working plan under Section 61 for a building site will satisfy the local authority, providing that measured evidence shows compliance. This evidence comes from monitoring.

Two approaches to measurements are possible. Sampling of noise and vibration can be carried out using portable equipment to determine levels in critical locations for short periods of time. This is effective when an activity generating high noise or vibration levels is only occasional, for example with piling. Once the noise and/or vibration levels have been obtained, the measuring equipment is removed. When high noise or vibration levels are to occur for longer periods, it may be necessary to measure on a continuous basis, and hence a semi-permanent monitoring system would be required. If agreed noise or vibration levels are exceeded, an alarm signal can be transmitted to alert contractors that a change to working practice is needed.

Eatec supports clients involved in construction and demolition with a range of services, including:

  • Preparation of a noise and vibration plan to satisfy Section 61 requirements
  • On-site sampling and assessment of noise and vibration levels
  • Installation and control of semi-permanent noise and vibration monitoring and assessment systems
  • Guidance and advice on how to comply with statutory requirements

Eatec has over 20 years of experience of providing noise and vibration monitoring and assessment services, and has assisted many national and international companies.



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