Noise and Sound Mitigation Consulting

While we are well known for providing noise, vibration, air-quality, and other environmental testing, you may not realize that we also provide noise and sound mitigation consulting services. Our experienced technicians (in conjunction with consulting professional engineers and other consultants) can work with your organization to provide relief for many common issues such as:

  • Open floorplan noise in call centers
  • Unwanted sound transmission in medical and dental offices
  • Noise and vibration emanating from Crossfit and other gym and workout facilities
  • HVAC and other building equipment whether on the ground or roof-mounted
  • Unpleasant room acoustics in restaurants, nightclubs, and auditoriums
  • Machine noise in factories, distribution centers, and retail establishments
  • Noise from playgrounds and recreational areas

Contact us today at project@osatusa.com (or call us toll-free at 800-665-0080) to find out how we can provide the solutions for your noise and sound issues.

HIPAA and your practice….

As you probably already know, T\the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 was enacted by the United States Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996.

Title II of HIPAA, known as the Administrative Simplification (AS) provisions, requires the establishment of national standards for electronic health care transactions and national identifiers for providers, health insurance plans, and employers.

What does this mean for your practice?

Whether you are a medical doctor, dentist, mental health professional, or other health care provider it means that you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your patient’s records.

You’ve probably already paid close attention to your record keeping, billing, and client contact protocol, but have you given thought to maintaining the privacy of your clients while they are in your office?

Many office suites were designed and built prior to the implementation of the HIPAA Act and even offices constructed long after the start of the HIPAA Act may not have been constructed in a way that ensures the privacy of your patients.

Sound transmission between examination rooms is a common issue in many offices. It’s simply unacceptable for one patient to be able to overhear the private conversation between you and your staff with another patient.

We can provide testing to determine the Sound Transmission Class (STC) and the Speech Intelligibility Index (STI) of the examination rooms, private offices, and other areas of your facility to determine whether unwanted sound transmission between spaces is present.

Should testing disclose a problem, or if you’re already aware that your office has a problem, we can assist you in determining the correct materials that will be necessary to fix the problem.

Contact us today at project@osatusa.com or call us (toll-free) at 800-665-0080

Logistics Center Testing

Let’s face it, loading docks are hot, noisy, and subject to carbon monoxide emissions from even the cleanest running rigs.

While most packaged products are (mostly) insensitive to noise, light, and air quality issues, the same cannot be said for the people working on the loading docks.

That’s where On-Site Acoustic Testing comes in. We can provide the testing that you need to make sure that your employees are safe.

Whether you are in need of noise level testing, air quality testing, or light quality (or level) testing, we can get you the information you need to ensure OSHA compliance.

Contact us today at project@osatusa.com

Or call us (toll-free) at 1-800-665-0080

Distribution Center Testing

The amount of packages moving across the United States each and every day is truly staggering. If you’ve ever been in a large scale distribution center (such as the distribution centers for FEDEX Ground – we’ve tested many of their facilites) you’ll quickly realize that no matter how much automation has taken the place of humans, there are still many women and men working along side of the machines.

While machines are (mostly) insensitive to noise, light, and air quality issues, the same cannot be said for the people working inside the facility.

That’s where On-Site Acoustic Testing comes in. We can provide the testing that you need to make sure that your employees are safe.

Whether you are in need of noise level testing, air quality testing, or light quality (or level) testing, we can get you the information you need to ensure OSHA compliance.

Contact us today at project@osatusa.com

Or call us (toll-free) at 1-800-665-0080

FSTC (Field Sound Transmission Class) is now ASTC (Apparent Sound Transmission Class)! ASTM E336 – 19

Recently the name of the field sound transmission class rating system which was known as FSTC has been changed to apparent sound transmission class (ASTC).

What does this mean, to you, the end user?

The simple answer is: not very much!

The test is still conducted using the same basic methodology, meaning that the equipment and testing process is largely the same.

So be aware that test results that used to say FSTC now say ASTC.

ASTM E336 – 19

Standard Test Method for Measurement of Airborne Sound Attenuation between Rooms in Buildings

FIIC (Field Insulation Impact Class) is now AIIC (Apparent Impact Insulation Class)! ASTM E1007 – 19

Recently the name of the field insulation impact class rating system which was known as FIIC has been changed to apparent impact insulation class.

What does this mean, to you, the end user?

The simple answer is: not very much!

The test is still conducted using the same basic methodology, meaning that the equipment and testing process is largely the same.

So be aware that test results that used to say FIIC now say AIIC.

ASTM E1007 – 19

Standard Test Method for Field Measurement of Tapping Machine Impact Sound Transmission Through Floor-Ceiling Assemblies and Associated Support Structures

ASTM Tests that On-Site Acoustic Testing Performs

  • E90  Standard Test Method for Laboratory Measurement of Airborne Sound Transmission Loss of Building Partitions and Elements
  • E413 Classification for Rating Sound Insulation
  • E492  Standard Test Method for Laboratory Measurement of Impact Sound Transmission Through Floor-Ceiling Assemblies Using the Tapping Machine
  • C634 Standard Terminology Relating to Building and Environmental Acoustics
  • E966  Standard Guide for Field Measurements of Airborne Sound Insulation of Building Facades and Facade Elements
  • E989 Standard Classification for Determination of Impact Insulation Class (IIC)
  • E1007 Standard Test Method for Field Measurement of Tapping Machine Impact Sound Transmission Through Floor-Ceiling Assemblies and Associated Support Structures
  • E1110 Standard Classification for Determination of Articulation Class
  • E1111 Standard Test Method for Measuring the Interzone Attenuation of Open Office Components
  • E1179 Standard Specification for Sound Sources Used for Testing Open Office Components and Systems
  • E1264 Standard Classification for Acoustical Ceiling Products
  • E1374 Standard Guide for Open Office Acoustics and Applicable ASTM Standards
  • E1425 Standard Practice for Determining the Acoustical Performance of Exterior Windows and Doors
  • E1433 Standard Guide for Selection of Standards on Environmental Acoustics
  • E1573 Standard Test Method for Evaluating Masking Sound in Open Offices Using A-Weighted and One-Third Octave Band Sound Pressure Levels
  • E1574 Standard Test Method for Measurement of Sound in Residential Spaces
  • E2179 Standard Test Method for Laboratory Measurement of the Effectiveness of Floor Coverings in Reducing Impact Sound Transmission Through Concrete Floors
  • E1662 Standard Classification of Office Serviceability – Privacy and Speech Intelligibility, Distraction and Disturbance

SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility) and SAPF (Special Access Program Facility) Testing Services

We provide testing for Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) areas for the Military and Defense contractors.

On-Site Acoustic Testing provides ASTC (Apparent Sound Transmission Class), NIC (Noise Isolation Class), AIIC (Apparent Impact Insulation Class), OITC (Outdoor Indoor Transmission Class), Speech Intelligibility Testing for SCIF and SAPF areas.

We understand how critical it is that secure areas really are secure, and we take this responsibility very seriously. To this end, we are proud to use the Bruel & Kjaer 2270 analyzer running the BZ-7229 dual channel building acoustics software. Additionally, we can provide your organization with critical information concerning flaws in the overall audio/vibrational security of the SCIF or SAPF area.

In addition the the protocols mentioned above, we can provide FFT analysis of noise and vibration that is present in (or transmitted from) the SCIF or SAPF area, or areas adjacent to the SCIF or SAPF area.

Lastly, we can provide infrared thermographic (FLIR) scans of wall, ceiling, and floor partitions to find “hidden” penetrations or other flaws.

Contact one of our consultants today at 1-800-665-0080 or email us at project@osatusa.com.

Noise, vibration, air, or water quality testing at your facility

Workplace Noise Testing Services

If you’ve built a business, you know that your employee’s health and welfare is a critical part of your business’s overall wellness. The fact is, that workers who are exposed to high levels of noise are susceptible to long-term hearing loss as well as other health related issues. In addition to the physical and emotional toll this can take upon your employee, it can potentially put your business at risk for costly and time-consuming workers compensation actions. The only way to be sure that your employees and partners are safe is to have workplace noise level testing done at your facility.

At On-Site Acoustic Testing we specialize in coming out to your workplace and performing non-invasive work place testing of the equipment and processes in your factory, retail establishment, bar, night club, or office suite. We measure all kinds of noises ranging from heavy industrial equipment to heavy metal bands! We use the very techniques specified by OSHA, MSHA, and other regulatory bodies to make sure that your employees, partners, and patrons are safe. If there are violations, it’s best that YOU are the first person to know about it, rather than an agent from one of the regulatory bodies.

We offer noise surveys, dosimetric testing, noise maps, spectral analysis, and general noise testing of all kinds of workplaces.

Talk to us today at 1-800-665-0080 about workplace noise testing, and find out how we can help!

 

Noise Dosimetry Testing Services

Whether it comes by way of your insurance company, a client’s request for an audit, ISO certification, or the long arm of OSHA and/or MSHA, at some point your company is likely going to need to provide documented evidence of the noise levels to which your employees are exposed to during their working day. Simply taking noise level measurements in the area where workplace activities are in process is not enough. Those readings can easily give you levels that are too high, or worse yet, too low! The only way to properly gauge the exposure to noise and sound that your workers are actually exposed to is through noise dosimetry.

Personal noise dosimeters are simply noise level meters that are designed to be worn by workers during their shifts. Best practices for the collection of this information will require that an employee wear the noise dosimeter for the entire duration of their shift…and it’s crucial (for the sake of accuracy) that the period of testing actually reflects their normal working day! Even if it’s not possible (for what ever reason) to take measurements for the entire duration of their working shift (or in the case that their working shift is longer or shorter than the 8 hours that OSHA and/or MSHA mandates) it’s possible to extrapolate the likely average level to which they are exposed to. This measurement is called the TWA, or time weighted average. Simply put, it’s a calculated number that is based on the noise level that they are exposed to during the measurement period…shortened or lengthened to meet the criteria for an eight hour period.

We use a few different dosimeters, depending upon the particular application. We have units that are safe for combustible areas (intrinsically safe) as well as units that are lightweight and non-invasive. It’s all dependent on your application, and requirements. Our most advanced noise dosimeters allow us to provide you with such metrics as: time weighted average, peak levels, minimum levels, and number of peak events. We are able to deliver to you detailed information in spreadsheet and graphic formats that detail the average (and/or peak) noise levels to which your employees are exposed to on a minute by minute basis.

Contact us today to find out how we can provide you with the information you need to safeguard the hearing safety of your employees, as well as inoculate your company from the risk of legal action based upon avoidable noise violations.

Speak to one of our consultants by calling 1-800-665-0080.