NOISE REDUCTION IN SHIP REPAIR INDUSTRY

This report presents the results of an extensive study undertaken by BMT CORTEC for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Shiprepair Companies into the implications of the 1989 Noise at Work Regulations, and the extent to which noise can be controlled in the shiprepair industry. The 1989 regulations require shiprepair organisations to measure and monitor noise levels in their facilities and where noise of 90 dB(A) Lep,d or more is identified, implement means to reduce noise exposure so far as is reasonably practicable, by means other than personal ear protectors. There are also important, but secondary requirements, to provide adequate forms of personal ear protection and local process separation for employees. It was found that despite significant progress in the application of personal ear protection there are still many processes in shiprepair which greatly exceed the noise exposure levels which trigger the noise reduction requirements set out in the Noise at Work Regulations. This study identified in particular the high noise levels associated with caulking, chipping, grinding abrasive blasting, water jetting, arc-air gauging and descaling. Many alternatives were studied and the best prospects for improvement appear to be in more accurate steelwork removal, preparation and welding techniques and changes in coating removal methods such that the need for the problem processes can be reduced or even eliminated. In conclusion the study highlights the virtual impossibility of achieving the required noise levels without the implementation of fundamental changes to the equipment, methods and organisation currently found in the shiprepair industry. Copies of the report are available from: SSA, 33 Catherine Place, London, SW1E 6DY, U.K. Price Pounds sterling 40.00.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Health & Safety Executive, Contract Research Rpt No. 41/1992, ISBN 0-11-886356-8 [186 p, 23 ref, 24 tab, 47 fig]
  • Publication Date: 1992

Language

  • English

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00716285
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1996 12:00AM