Bruel & Kjaer UK Ltd. - PRODUCT NEWS
   

MEASURING ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR NOISE MOVES A STEP CLOSER TO HELPING RESOLVE DISPUTES. The introduction of the Government’s new Anti-Social Behaviour legislation coupled with new, easy-to-use noise measurement technology, such as the Bruel&Kjaer Type 2237ENA Controller, is enabling local authorities, housing associations and landlords to be more flexible in the steps they can take to resolve future domestic noise complaint investigations. The combination of new simple-to-operate equipment and a more flexible approach to local enforcement provides powerful tools for those wishing to take swift, effective steps to deal with inconsiderate noisy neighbours who play amplified music or pursue prolonged noisy D.I.Y. activities at night time. Recent legislation means that local authorities are now able to retain receipts from Fixed Penalty Notices for night noise offences to fund noise measurement activities with equipment like the Type 2237ENA Controller. The instrument is designed to take even novice users step-by-step through noise measurement procedures in compliance with the Noise Act 1996. The 2237ENA Controller is a Type I sound level meter designed to be quick and simple to use when taking measurements to assess domestic and general environmental noise complaints. The 2237ENA enables fully documented results to be easily printed on-the-spot, complete with calibration data to comply with the measurement protocol of the Noise Act 1996. In its Noise Act mode the 2237ENA simultaneously measures the offending noise level and the underlying noise level over a five-minute period. The instrument is designed to prompt operators to guide and remind them of the correct measurement and calibration procedures. The instrument stores up to 80 records of measurement results. Each record stores the date and measurement time together with the noise parameters relevant to the selected operational mode. Measurement results may be recalled to the display, printed on a portable battery-operated printer or transferred to a PC in spreadsheet-compatible format. “The data captured by the 2237ENA helps to cost-effectively resolve many complaints without the need to go to court. For those situations where the matter cannot be resolved out of court then the instrument provides the necessary noise measurement documentation to enable a successful prosecution under the relevant Anti-Social Behaviour legislation,” explained Fabio Fineschi, Bruel&Kjaer’s internal sales engineer. For more than 60 years Bruel & Kjaer has been a noise measurement innovator. The company has pioneered numerous breakthroughs in environmental noise monitoring and works with local authorities throughout the UK to help them solve their noise measurement problems. Bruel&Kjaer offers the UK’s widest product range of noise measurement equipment and also runs the UK’s largest noise measurement equipment service and support facilities. Under the new legislation any noisemaker who is believed to have committed an offence under section 4 of the Noise Act 1996 (involving their failure to comply with a ‘warning notice’ served on them under section 3 of the Act) will now have the choice of paying a £100 fixed penalty in place of submitting to prosecution for the alleged section 4 offence (conviction for which may incur a fine of up to £1,000). The new legislation also provides local authorities with a new power to retain income from night noise fixed penalty notices. For the purposes of a night noise offence, the permitted level is determined in accordance with the following: In any case where the underlying level of noise does not exceed 25dB, the permitted level shall be 35dB. Or in any case where the underlying level of noise exceeds 25dB, the permitted level shall be 10dB in excess of that underlying level. __________________________________________________ For more information, please contact :- Bruel & Kjaer UK Ltd. Bedford House, Rutherford, Close, Stevenage, Herts. SG1 2ND. UK Tel: +44(0) 1438 739000, Fax: +44(0) 1438 739099 E-mail: ukinfo@bksv.com Website: www.bksv.co.uk January 2005
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