The problem with loud night clubs

Night clubs and bars are notoriously troublesome when it comes to communicating between patrons and employees. Hard reflective surfaces such as mirrors, windows, tile flooring, metal roofs and gypsum walls reflect sound energy back into the room as there is no escape for the energy. As the ambient noise levels increase, the patrons get louder and the problem worsens.  This is only half the story: When the band or DJ strikes up, extreme sound pressure levels from to the PA system elevate the ambient sound pressure level to the point where it can cause permanent ear damage to employee hearing which in turn can leave the night club operator liable. Should a disaster occur such as a fire, the excessive reverberant field restricts intelligibility; the evacuation system and safety is compromised and the owner is further at risk.

How can Primacoustic help you?

Since patrons expect to enjoy the energy and pulse of a live band or exciting dance floor, reducing the sound pressure to safe OSHA standards is not practical. Supplying servers with ear protection is a first step. But this alone can lead to problems with order errors and costly waste. The better solution is to focus the high sound pressure levels to specific areas while strategically reducing the ambient noise in service areas or sections of the night club that are designated for conversation and socializing.  This is easily done by mounting 3″ thick Primacoustic Broadway™ panels to between 15% to 25% the wall surfaces.  Unlike urethane foam that can ignite and discharge poisonous gas, Broadway panels are made from inert glass wool which is class-A fire rated for safety. Further, the high density 6lb construction absorbs all frequencies in a more linear fashion including the more powerful bass range making the Broadway panels appropriate for managing music. Unfortunately, we are living in a litigious society where best intentions simply go unnoticed. It is the responsibility of the owner and operator to ensure the health and safety of both the employees and the patrons. This means addressing excessive noise levels and ensuring evacuation is both safe and uncompromised.

Executive Summary

  • Lowers ambient noise in strategic areas creating a more comfortable environment

  • Improves communication between service staff and employees

  • Reduces waste from costly order entry errors and improves efficiency

  • Conveys a sense that management cares about employee health

  • Greater intelligibility improves the performance of the PA for better sound

  • Improving the acoustics improves the safety evacuation system

  • Helps protects the operator and owner from legal liability