Specialist Services – Health Technical Memorandum (HTM) 08-01: Acoustics


What is Health Technical Memorandum?

The Health Technical Memorandum provides advice and guidance on the design, installation and operation of specialised building and engineering technology used in the delivery of healthcare.
The document provides a healthcare specific guidance focusing on standard, policies and up to date established best practice. The aim is to ensure that hospitals are comfortable and fit-for-purpose for both those working and using the facilities.
HTM cover nine core disciplines and gives guidance to those working within that discipline to ensure continuity and coherence across the healthcare system.


What does 08-01 Acoustics consider?

Acoustics falls under the 8th core discipline of Specialist Services and it covers the acoustic design criteria, provision of temporary healthcare facilities, refurbishments and control of noise and vibration during construction.
Acoustic design is important, especially in hospitals, due to the physiological and psychological effects that sound can have on humans. Good acoustic practice can ensure patient privacy, dignity and can promote essential sleep patterns. Acoustically correct equipment rooms can ensure comfortable and safe working environments for staff and relaxed treatments for patients.

The following are topics covered within the guidelines:

  • Noise levels in rooms
  • External noise levels
  • Sound insulation between rooms
  • Impact sound insulation
  • Room acoustics
  • Audio systems
  • Audiology facilities
  • Vibration from plant and medical equipment

Who uses HTM 08-01: Acoustics?

  • Acoustic Consultants
  • Anyone involved in the design, engineering and building of hospitals