May 18 - May 22, 2022

Course Overview

  • Understand the nature of noise hazards in the workplace and the effects of noise on people.
  • Learn how to assess noise in the workplace and in the general environment.
  • Assess the significance of measurement data against compliance standards.

Learning Outcomes

On completing this course successfully, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the consequences to health and well-being of excessive exposure to noise.
  2. Understand the measurement (including dosimetry) of noise in relation to current standards.
  3. Conduct surveys in the workplace to assess risks from noise.
  4. Advise on the need and means of control including PPE.
  5. Appreciate and advise on environmental noise assessment and concern.
  6. Understand current standards and good practice in these fields.

Course Content

  1. Physics of Noise
    1. Properties of Noise
    2. Definitions & Measurement Units
  2. Human Response to Noise
    1. The Ear and its Response to Sound
    2. Audiometry
    3. Noise Exposure Limits
  3. Machinery Noise
  4. Assessment of Noise Risk
    1. Sound Level Meter
    2. Frequency Analysis
    3. Personal Noise Dosimetry
    4. Sound Power and Sound Intensity
    5. Noise Measurement & Assessment
  5. Noise Control & Hearing Protection
    1. Engineering Control of Noise
    2. Administrative Control
    3. Hearing Protection
  6. Introduction to Environmental Noise
    1. Propagation of Sound
    2. Instrumentation
    3. Measurement & Assessment
  7. Standards & Good Practices