When Do You Use a Sound Level Meter?

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A sound level meter measures sound pressure in a variety of settings. It calculates that in decibels (dB), which is the force that sound waves place on a surface or object, creating changes in air pressure. It is important to evaluate the loudness generated from sound pressure and the potential harm it could cause. Any level above 85 dB, for example, can trigger permanent hearing damage.

The Class 2 meter particularly is used to determine noise level standards in commercial, residential, industrial, recreational, educational, and other facilities. A BK Precision® Class 2 Sound Level Meter precisely measures sound pressure within 1 dB, with it able to assess from 30 to 130 dB. It meets IEC 60942 Class 2 standards for Class 2 level sound meters, meaning the meter has met levels of accuracy and reliability. IEC is an acronym for the International Electrotechnical Commission, an organization that sets electrical and electronic product and system standards globally. This meter comes with software to keep track of its recorded data.


Noise Pollution Monitoring — It helps to track noise levels over time in an area where one lives or works; and can help the person using this meter to make informed decisions about strategies to mitigate the noise.

Safety — High noise levels can cause hearing loss and other health issues. Over time, low-frequency sound waves may cause structural damage to building walls, foundations, and other architectural components. This is because it can cause vibrations, which can lead to shifting and cracking in the building’s construction.

Quality Control — This meter can be used to make sure that certain sound level standards are met.

Compliance — There are allowable sound levels in construction, manufacturing, entertainment, and other industries, with the BK Precision® Class 2 Sound Level Meter a part of providing confirmation that the sound is within limits. For example, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has set the Occupational Noise Exposure Standard (29 CFR 1910.95). This meter can be used to check noise levels to determine if they exceed the standard’s thresholds; and if so, take steps to lower noise levels. The meter can additionally ascertain employee needs, such as protective devices for their ears.

Everyday individuals can invest in a sound level meter, especially if one would like to monitor noise exposure in their neighborhood or home. A family that lives near a roadway with increasing traffic or construction, may like to buy one to run tests on the sound levels in their surroundings.

This meter is also useful for various career fields, like Occupational Safety and Health professionals, who work in careers to monitor the noise impact on employees in workplaces, where OSHA standards must be upheld. Environmental professionals including acoustical engineers may find this tool useful to quantify noise levels in the outdoors, and the potential effect on wildlife, and communities. Building services professionals incorporate noise level meters into their vocation, to measure sound pressure in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, as well as other places where vibrations can be a factor.

Explore all the features of the BK Precision® Class 2 Sound Level Meter today!

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