BS 4142:2014 Methods for rating and assessing industrial and commercial sound

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BS 4142:2014

Methods for rating and assessing industrial and commercial sound

Status : Current, Work in hand   Published : October 2014



What is this standard about?

BS 4142 describes methods for rating and assessing sound of an industrial or commercial nature.  It enables the effects on people nearby to be assessed and the associated risks to be minimized. 

Who is this standard for? 

  • Environmental health officers
  • Acoustics consultants
  • Anyone involved in planning or training where sound levels may be an issue
  • The legal profession and those involved with planning and public enquiries  

Why should you use this standard? 

Noise can be a serious issue for many people across the UK. It can cause stress, delay planning consents and lead to financial penalties for businesses. 

By using BS 4142 organizations can assess the impact of noise - it is designed to give consistent results across situations ranging from a single air-conditioning unit to a large installation such as an oil refinery.

BS 4142 can help assess sound levels at proposed new residential premises, enable the investigation of complaints by determining sound levels, reduce the likelihood of financial penalties and supports current UK planning and Environment Agency guidance.

What’s changed since the last update?

This revision replaces the 1997 version. The update takes into account advances in technology and improves the accuracy of final assessments. Many parts of the standard have also been revised to improve their clarity. 

Standard NumberBS 4142:2014
TitleMethods for rating and assessing industrial and commercial sound
StatusCurrent, Work in hand
Publication Date31 October 2014
Cross ReferencesBS EN 60942, BS EN 61260, BS EN 61672-1, ANSI/ASA S12.18, BS 8233, BS EN 60651, BS EN 60804, BS EN ISO 389-7, BS EN ISO 3740, BS EN ISO 3747, BS ISO 12913-1:2013, ISO 1996-2, ISO 9613-2
ReplacesBS 4142:1997
Draft Superseded By14/30268407 DC
DescriptorsIndustrial, External, Acoustic measurement, Sound intensity, Calibration, Noise (environmental), Business facilities, Acoustics, Mathematical calculations, Industrial facilities, Reports, Factories, Night-time, Ratings, Volume (sound), Residential areas, Daytime
ISBN978 0 580 80051 1
File Size623 KB

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