Guidelines for indoor noise mapping in industry

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Noise mapping in industry can be useful to assess the risks of harmful noise, or to monitor noise in machine rooms. This tool is frequently used in large plants with few workers, for example in chemical and petroleum industry.
No international standard exists for mapping of noise for this purpose (Norway has NS-4814 for this purpose). Based on our experience we have set up some guidelines to make a noise map based on measurements. These guidelines can also be used to assess noise levels in machines rooms.
If an enclosed space of any kind is regularly occupied by workers, or has identifiable workplaces, the noise must (also) be determined with EN-ISO 9612.

The measurement is made during a representative situation, and if more situations are possible, the most common one. The equivalent sound level is measured. The measurement time at each position is at least 10 seconds, and at least 1 minute for each enclosed space, and is sufficiently long to give a stable reading of the equivalent level within 0,1 dB/ 5 s. The microphone height is 1,6 +/- 0,1 m above tread height.

Measurement positions:

The report states:

It is important that a map is easy to read, but results have to be accounted for: what was the exact measurement value and when was this measured. Therefor the results on the map must be linked to a table with all details of the measurements and the relevant details of the process.

Uncertainty of the measurements must carefully be considered, measurements are at least repeated ones using an interval between these two measurements of several hours.

Colleagues and other experts are encouraged to comment!
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Keywords: measurement based indoor noise mapping for occupational health assessment