When implementing measures to improve room acoustics, many things must be considered. What does a risk assessment have to do with the noise level in the office? And how does it affect the health and well-being of your employees? Fire safety guidelines should not be ignored either, but nevertheless the products used should be free of harmful substances and durable. New regulations, such as the SARS-COV-2 occupational health and safety rule, also present new challenges every day.
As the person responsible for occupational health and safety in your company, you must navigate through the multitude of standards and technical rules for workplaces in a targeted and solution-oriented manner.
PREFORM supports you as a competent partner and helps you to keep an eye on the numerous regulations.
According to the Occupational Health and Safety Act, every entrepreneur is obliged to carry out an assessment of the working conditions, this then also includes the risk assessment. However, these are becoming increasingly complicated. The aim is to derive measures to comply with the law and implement them. The risk assessment thus forms the basis of all operational action on the subject of safety and health at work.
New regulations, such as the Infection Protection Act, present new challenges and require continuous adaptability. With PREFORM, you have a partner who knows the details and delivers solutions that meet all requirements. Acoustic effectiveness, sustainability and the well-being of employees are our specialty.
The Technical Rules for Workplaces are important for setting up and operating workplaces. The following occupational health and safety rules serve as a guide as to which measures must be taken by the employer in order to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and to be able to minimize acute hazards to their employees.
The objective of the SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Rule is to effectively protect the health of workers during the pandemic by taking occupational health and safety measures. Maintain a minimum distance of 1.5m for seated activities and 2.0m for standing activities.
The Technical Rules for Workplaces A3.7 Noise specifies the measures and stipulates that in activity category I a rating level of 55 dB(A) must not be exceeded. These values vary depending on the activity category.
The Technical Regulation for Workplaces A3.4 Lighting concerns the natural and artificial lighting of workplaces in buildings. Lighting with daylight is preferable to lighting with artificial light only.
Decisive regulations from an acoustic point of view for planning are additionally VDI 2569 “Sound insulation and acoustic design in offices” and DIN 18041 “Acoustics in rooms – requirements, recommendations and notes for planning. These must be taken into account in the measures to improve room acoustics.
This standard is an aid for practical acoustic design in office spaces and deals with both the unavoidable acoustic measurands and the psychoacoustic component, i.e. the effect of negatively perceived sound on people. The high level of human performance should be maintained by optimizing the acoustics. The recommendations for sound insulation can be applied in single and multi-person offices. Accordingly, they can also be adapted for conference rooms. With regard to the room acoustic recommendations, reference is made to DIN 18041.
Acoustic requirements and planning guidelines to ensure audibility are to be regulated by this standard. In particular, speech communication in various room situations, which is optimized by mobile sound barriers and acoustic wall absorbers. Through this, better speech intelligibility is achieved. And improving room acoustics at this point serves to promote health in the workplace. This legal requirement applies to office workplaces in rooms up to 5000 m³.
In addition to effective sound absorption, the patented gypsum foam also offers room-climatic advantages as well as particularly high environmental compatibility. The effective climate regulation is achieved by absorbing and completely releasing the humidity of the room. In addition, the gypsum foam is odorless and pollutant-free as well as recyclable and is characterized by its sustainable production. The environmental compatibility was even confirmed by BUND Naturschutz with the "Umwelttaler".
Health and safety professionals must consider every potential hazard and, therefore, the flammability of materials. Especially in commercial buildings, you will find areas that have special fire safety requirements. Our patented gypsum foam, which absorbs impacting sound waves, is flame retardant and certified to B1 fire rating. Flame-retardant materials are substances that are flammable and burn, but do not continue to burn on their own when the ignition source is removed.
Our products comply with the specifications of the ISO 9001 standard and the current Display Screen Equipment Ordinance. In addition, our products have been awarded the Quality Office seal of approval. The unique feature of Quality Office is its comprehensive character. The seal covers functional and health requirements, and in concrete terms this also includes competent advice, high-quality products and individual service.
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