Organizing an event can be a challenging task, especially when it comes to noise control. Event organizers must be aware of the noise policy for their particular event centre in order to ensure compliance and avoid any potential fines or other penalties. This article will provide an overview of the noise policy for events at the Event Centre in London, as well as tips on how to control or reduce exposure to noise. The Special Events Policy Manual is the primary source of information for event organizers in London.
If the LAeq (equivalent continuous A-weighted sound level) of the event is likely to exceed 96 dB, then organizers must warn the public of the risk to their hearing in advance. This can be done through tickets, announcements, or notices at points of entry. The City of London also provides guidance on whether an event is really possible, so that organizers don't waste their money going all the way and discovering that they aren't viable. The City will determine if the event falls within the definition of a community event (class), construction, or amplified live speech.
If so, then the applicant must submit a report with findings from a professional engineer within 30 days of the event or activity.
Noise Control TipsIn order to control or reduce exposure to noise, event organizers should adhere to the following tips:
- Pyrotechnic noise: Pyrotechnic noise must be restricted so that, at head height in the public area, the noise from pyrotechnics does not exceed the maximum C-weighted sound pressure level of 140 dB.
- Event LAeq: The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recommends that the equivalent continuous A-weighted sound level throughout the event (Event LAeq) anywhere in the audience area does not exceed 107 dB.
- Maximum C-weighted sound pressure level: The HSE also recommends that the maximum C-weighted sound pressure level should not exceed 140 dB.
- Exhaust gases: The sound of discharge of exhaust gases from any steam engine, internal combustion engine (including the engine of any motor vehicle) or pneumatic device must have an effective exhaust or intake damper device in good working order and in constant operation to prevent excessive, loud or explosive noises.