IPPC & IED
Larger industrial and waste facilities are subject to EPA licensing. Applicants intending to apply for a licence are required to provide details of noise emissions and proposals for their mitigation where necessary. The application is also required to include details of existing noise levels in the local area, and an assessment of impacts on receptors. Damian Brosnan Acoustics (dBA) has extensive experience in this area. We will manage the noise (and vibration) part of your application from start to finish, providing all the necessary information sought by the EPA.
If you already have a licence, your facility is probably subject to noise monitoring requirements set out in the conditions and schedules attached to the licence. You may be required to include noise monitoring data in your AER. Damian Brosnan Acoustics routinely carries out this monitoring for a large number of facilities across the country, whether subject to IED, IPPC or waste licences. We are entirely familiar with the EPA’s NG4 noise guidance document, having made several submissions to the Agency during its preparation. We are also familiar with the Agency’s other noise and BAT documents. We have an excellent working relationship with the EPA, and our reports carry weight.
As a licence holder, you probably operate a facility with many noise sources, and many personnel. As an employer, you have noise obligations under Safety Health & Welfare legislation. You are required to maintain an up to date risk assessment file, with information on noise risks to personnel. Key to management of such risks is occupational noise monitoring. This is where Damian Brosnan Acoustics can help you. We will identify areas where monitoring should be undertaken, design an appropriate monitoring programme, carry it out, and use the data to identify noise risks. We can then suggest a noise reduction programme, and recommend suitable hearing protection.