Understand and control noise in your facility
By proactively managing noise levels and actively communicating safety procedures, noise-related risk can be effectively mitigated in the workplace.
Patching Associates can help you understand and navigate occupational noise exposure regulations wherever you operate. We help facilities evaluate and avoid hazardous occupational noise exposure challenges through detailed assessment, modelling and mapping of facility noise.
Patching Associates has the expertise to accurately measure, model and control noise issues at facilities to meet occupational noise exposure limits and minimize employee-related hearing loss and complaints.
For most jurisdictions, the maximum occupational noise exposure limits are 85 dBA for 8-hour shifts or 83 dBA for 12-hour shifts. Existing sound levels are documented within the facility fence line, establishing baseline sound levels for occupational health and safety management plans.
Occupational Noise Assessments can be completed using field data or model simulation.
Using precision sound level measuring equipment, Patching Associates provides accurate occupational noise mapping within facility fence lines, to validate noise models and support hearing conservation programs. Our highly detailed as-built noise maps provide a snapshot of operating conditions within the facility that can be used to predict employee and contractor sound level exposure. Noise maps can be used as a benchmark to determine if levels have changed and correlate to validate operational conditions every year.
We can highlight areas where hearing protection is required, determine occupational noise exposure limits for different shift lengths and locations, design noise control for machines and equipment rooms, increase alarm or PA system audibility, improve worker communication, and complete assessments during the design phase.
Patching Associates uses 3D modelling and acoustical mapping software to simulate occupational noise exposure, interior acoustics, speech intelligibility and indoor noise maps to identify target areas for acoustical treatment.
We use this data to implement noise management programs including policies and procedures, and noise mitigation recommendations.