BS 5228 – The British Standard on Noise

Help! There is a British Standard ‘Code of Practice on Noise’. It is very important because it contains the technical stuff on what is too much noise. But I can’t understand all the formulae and charts. (I had to retake my Maths ‘O’ level.) Can anyone tell us what it means for us?

I have found this – BS 5228, issued by ‘BSI British Standards’ called ‘Code of practice for noise and vibration control on construction and open sites – Part 1: Noise’.

Here is the PDF you can read: BS 5228 – Part 1 – Noise. I don’t know if it is up to date though.

I have also found The Control of Noise (Code of Practice for Construction and Open Sites) (England) Order 2015. This is a statutory instrument, which is law created by a Parliamentary committee, and which is authorised by a statute. In short, it’s also law. This says:

“2. The following parts of the British Standards Institution code of practice for noise and vibration control on construction and open sites, numbered BS 5228, are approved for the purpose of giving guidance on appropriate methods for minimising noise from those sites:— (a) Part 1: Noise, numbered BS 5228-1:2009, as amended by Amendment No. 1, which came into effect on 21st February 2014; (b) Part 2: Vibration, numbered BS 5228-2:2009, as amended by Amendment No. 1, which came into effect on 3rd June 2014.”

So that seems to be saying that BS 5228 is effectively law too.

I have tried reading BS 5228. I can only describe the experience as being much like I felt when I last tried to start my Linguaphone ‘Learn Japanese’ course.

I hope someone out there understands it, and can tell us what it means in terms of our local noise problems.

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