Current Legislation and Where You Stand

In the UK there are limits to noise levels, measured in decibels, that the general public can be exposed to, unless the works are being carried out are an emergency.

Local authorities must be satisfied that noise being created does not cause a nuisance on the general public and the contractors are doing everything possible to reduce their impact.

Clauses 60 and 61 of The control of pollution act 1974 states contractors must take all measures within ‘best practical means’ to reduce noise pollution for locals or they can face restrictions and possibly an order to cease work until the council agree that ‘best practical means’ have been met.

The noise at work regulations 2005 place a duty on employers to reduce the risk to their employees health by controlling the noise they are exposed to whilst at work.  The decibel limit imposed by these regulations is 85 decibels, about the same level as your average lawn mower.

The environmental protection act 1990 is in place to control emissions and local authorities can fine people and companies that do not use ‘best practical means’ to control noise emissions.

In the code of practice BS5228 there are several ways to control noise pollution and acoustic barriers are one of them.  For your peace of mind that you are abiding by all current rules and regulations talk to us today and ensure you meet all legislation and regulations.