Noise and Vibration in Healthcare Facilities (HSW)
Healthcare facilities generally house a variety of equipment and spaces that are sensitive to noise and vibration. This presentation will address issues related to day-to-day operations, unique situations that arise, such as those due to nearby construction. We introduce the concepts of vibration and noise criteria as they relate to sensitive equipment and spaces. Using the special case of MRIs, we will discuss potential sources of building vibration and mitigation measures. We will also discuss the potential impacts of the MRI operation on neighboring spaces with respect to airborne noise and structure-borne vibration. Construction-related vibrations are also a potentially huge source of disruption for hospital facilities. We will examine the potential impact of construction vibrations, methods to predict impact and possible mitigation methods.