According to Statistics Canada, more than 1,000,000 adults across Canada have hearing-related disabilities.
By proactively managing noise levels and communicating safety procedures to your employees, you can mitigate noise-related risk in your workplace.
Patching Associates helps you understand and navigate occupational noise regulations wherever you operate.
Patching Associates is your solution for effective noise control.
As one of the largest acoustical engineering firms in Western Canada, Patching Associates has worked with a variety of mining, manufacturing and water treatment facility owners to effectively manage noise emissions in their facilities.
We can help you:
- Implement noise management programs to meet regulations
- Map areas where hearing protection is required
- Determine occupational exposure limits for different shift lengths and locations
- Design noise control for machines and equipment rooms
- Assess alarm/PA system audibility to facilitate worker communication
- Perform design-phase assessments and noise control recommendations
We have a proven track record of completing industrial and mining occupational noise exposure studies and noise maps. We use a full suite of propagation models, specialized noise measurement equipment, an extensive reference library and the expertise of our versatile staff to deliver recommendations you can rely on.
How do you mitigate industrial noise?
Assess Noise Exposure
For most jurisdictions, the maximum noise exposure limits are 85 dBA for 8-hour shifts or 83 dBA for 12-hour shifts.
Patching Associates uses Brüel and Kjær precision sound level measuring equipment, coupled with highly detailed modeling to precisely assess noise exposure and create actionable noise maps.
Implement Safety Precautions
Hearing protection is required by all employees working in areas where sound exposure exceeds 85 dBA. Where sound levels exceed 105 dBA, double protection is often required.
It is an employer’s responsibility to provide hearing protection equipment to workers exposed to excessive noise and to install systems such as alarms and PA systems, which allow for safe worker communication.
Engineered Noise Control
Patching Associates uses 3D modeling software like ODEON and acoustical mapping software like NoiseAtWork to simulate noise exposure, interior acoustics, speech intelligibility and indoor noise maps of buildings.
We use this data to help you identify target areas for acoustical treatment. We then work with you to develop and implement a noise management program that includes policies and procedures and competitive bid evaluation on noise mitigation equipment.