Have you heard about General Environmental Duty?

You may have heard one of us from Topo or possibly the regulator mention General Environmental Duty (GED) with regard to sediment control. But did you know that it also applies to the noise and vibrations we emit?

In short, we have a duty to implement all reasonable and practicable measures to prevent or minimise environmental harm (which includes environmental nuisance) from construction noise and vibration. Like sediment, noise and vibration levels must remain lower than clearly defined and tolerable levels.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads have developed a code of practice that provides instructions and guidance for construction noise and vibration assessment and management. Understanding and compliance with this document can be used to demonstrate compliance with the GED.  

Noise and vibration assessment is typically undertaken during the very early stages of a project, but additional detail and a specific management plan is often required immediately preceding the works. This may be triggered in the MRTS51 Annexure for the project or elsewhere, such as in council approvals.

Need help? We can assist you with cost estimation during the tendering process, and delivery if you’ve been awarded a project with noise and vibration management requirements. Contact us today!

Kyle Robson