Industrial Noise Control

AIA Noise Control Engineering (INC001)

The most effective way to prevent occupational noise-induced hearing loss, safely reduce enrollment in a hearing conservation program, and minimize potential recordable instances for hearing loss is through effective implementation of engineering noise controls. With some advanced education and training, it is feasible for facility engineers and health & safety professionals to develop practical, workable, and sustainable noise control solutions; establish noise control priorities; identify and select optimum products for retrofitting equipment; and work effectively with design engineers to implement a pro-active approach to noise control. If you desire acoustical theory, then this is not the course for you, as this webinar is developed from multiple case histories with proven and practical noise controls.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to apply the noise control concepts to:
1. Conduct a noise control survey, identify the noise generating mechanisms, and prioritize items for noise control.
2. Develop feasible engineering controls through effective implementation of the Principles of Noise Control.
3. Understand noise control design and retrofit applications for a variety of industrial equipment, such as pneumatic or compressed air systems, electric motors, industrial fans, positive-displacement blowers, pipelines, panel radiated noise, etc.
4. Work effectively with design contractors, acoustical product suppliers, and consultants to achieve the stated noise criteria or goals.

All presentations are made by Dennis P. Driscoll, PE. Mr. Driscoll is President and Principal Consultant of Associates in Acoustics, Inc. Besides directing the business administration of the company, his primary responsibilities include conducting engineering noise control surveys, data analysis, research, and recommendations for noise control. He conducts environmental and community noise surveys, as well as employee noise exposure assessments. Mr. Driscoll also teaches noise control and hearing conservation training seminars, which are customized to the particular needs of the client or attendees. Toward professional certification, he is a registered Professional Engineer and a Board Certified Noise Control Engineer. He is a Past President of the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA), a Fellow Member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), past Chair of the AIHA Noise Committee, and he served a five-year term as a Council Member of the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC). Mr. Driscoll is lead author of Chapters 9 and 15, “Noise Control Engineering,” and “Community Noise;” respectively, which are published in The Noise Manual, 5th Edition, by AIHA Press, and is one of the textbook editors. He also published the training manual, entitled “Noise – Measurement and Its Effects,” available through the British Occupational Hygiene Society. Finally, Mr. Driscoll has won several awards for outstanding lecturer at national conferences, and taught multiple top-rated professional development courses.
  • Introduction and Fundamentals of Sound
  • Course Introduction
  • The Fundamentals of Sound
  • Principles of Noise Control
  • Principles of Noise Control Introduction
  • Noise Control Survey
  • Determining Noise Control Options
  • Defining the Sound Environment
  • Selecting the Appropriate Acoustical Materials
  • Identifying Airborne Sound Flanking Paths
  • Identifying Structure Borne Flanking Paths
  • Noise Control Options and Applications Part 1
  • Sound Absorption
  • TEFC Electric Motors
  • Pneumatic Systems
  • Blowers
  • Acoustical Insulation
  • Noise Control Options and Applications Part 2
  • Panel Noise and Vibration Damping
  • Industrial Fans
  • Silencers
  • Acoustical Enclosures
  • Conclusion
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed