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Taking noise out of machinery

The increasing importance being placed on making machinery quieter has prompted the Institute of Acoustics (IOA) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to hold a joint meeting on 5 March to share knowledge and experience on “quiet by design” for workplace machinery.

The event, in Nottingham, supports the HSE’s Buy Quiet initiative  and promotes the development and supply of low noise equipment. The organisers believe the event will be important to: machinery designers and manufacturers seeking knowledge of quiet-by-design and legislative requirements; machinery purchasers/users seeking knowledge to understand/challenge machinery suppliers’ claims; acoustics professionals advising  purchasers or manufacturers and anyone with an interest in low noise design.

The meeting will begin with a talk by Dr Sarah Haynes, HM Inspector of Health & Safety (Noise & Vibration) Occupational Hygiene / Noise & Vibration Unit at the HSE, on the importance of buying and designing quiet and the legal framework. It will also include four cases studies and a paper on low noise design by Dr Malcolm Smith, of ISVR Consulting, University of Southampton, who is also chairman of the IOA’s Noise and Vibration Engineering Group.

The event will be held at Fitzroy House, HRMC Campus, Castle Meadow Road, Nottingham NG2 1BD.
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The Buy Quiet initiative helps manufacturers, importers, suppliers and users of equipment work together to reduce the risk of noise-induced hearing loss in the workplace. It supports users in their duty to avoid high noise equipment when suitable lower noise equipment is available and manufacturers in their duty to minimise by technical means.