The HSE is reminding machine builders that there is a very helpful guide to preparing noise emission declarations. Manufacturers have a legal obligation to provide information on the noise generated by their machinery, both in the instruction manual and in sales literature.
In English, the full title of the multilingual publication is Guide for manufacturers on how to report noise emission in instruction manuals and other literature in accordance with Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and Outdoor Noise Directive 2000/14/EC. Other languages are German, French, Spanish, Dutch and Swedish. It was prepared after a European survey (referred to as NOMAD) found that 80 per cent of the instructions assessed did not meet the noise requirements of the Machinery Directive. The NOMAD guide helps machine builders meet their legal duties in relation to declaring noise emissions.
Within the guide there are sections addressing the following topics:
- Manufacturers' duties under the Machinery Directive
- Manufacturers' duties under the Outdoor Noise Directive
- Determining noise emissions
- What to do when there is no suitable harmonised noise code
- Employing a noise consultant
- Drafting a noise emission declaration for the machine's instructions
- How to avoid common failings with noise emission declarations
- Example noise emission declarations
Follow the link to download the PDF NOMAD Guide free of charge.