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Environmental Vibration Monitoring

Environmental Vibration

Environmental vibration can be generated by a number of sources, including road and railways, construction activities such as piling, blasting and tunnelling. Vibration can cause varying degrees of damage in buildings and affect vibration-sensitive machinery or equipment . Its effect on people may be to cause disturbance or annoyance or, at higher levels, to affect a person’s ability to work.

Vibration monitoring is an essential part of day to day site management in the construction industry.

Safecon uses the following standards when carrying out our monitoring:
BS 5228 Control of Noise and Vibration on Open Sites :2009
BS 7385 Evaluation and measurement for vibration in buildings – 1990
BS 6472 -1 Guide to evaluation of human exposure to vibration in buildings:2008

We have more than 10 years experience of the evaluation of vibration from industry, construction and transport working for the public and private sector. Vibration monitoring may be required where there is a source of significant vibration in built up areas. The occupants of nearby buildings will react to vibration and complaints need to be carefully handled. Enforcement action can, however, usually be avoided by an agreed programme of monitoring and mitigation.

Safecon can assist by providing consulting services in undertaking the following environmental vibration assessments:

  • Vibration surveys
  • Surveys and reports for inclusion in EIS
  • Vibration control
  • Whole body and hand arm vibration assessments
  • Ground borne vibration
  • Short and long term monitoring
  • Building damage
  • Demolition
  • Human comfort

The presence of high levels of vibration is also associated with long term health problems for those living or working in the are. These problems include hypertension, cardiovascular disease, tinnitus and a range of stress induced conditions. It is important that all is done to reduce the impact of these possible issues on the local community.

Contact us on 01-6853018 or by emailing us at for more information.