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Speech Privacy Testing

Building Systems Solutions provides testing services to companies that need or wish to evaluate the speech privacy within their facility. Speech privacy testing can be done in facilities with or without a current sound masking system. We can test within private offices, hallways and open office areas to determine the current speech privacy levels.

If your organization is in an industry where oral privacy is a necessity, as in the health care, financial, or legal fields, testing your facility for speech privacy standards can help show due diligence in compliance with national speech privacy regulations like Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA).


General Acoustical Measurements and Standards

Building Systems Solutions uses the Speech Transmission Index (STI) as an objective measurement of speech intelligibility in your workspace.

ASTM International sets industry standards on acceptable speech intelligibility measurement methods, ratings, and protocol. Building Systems Solutions complies with all industry standards and uses best practices when testing your space for speech privacy.


Since the inception of the HIPAA act in 1996, health care facilities have been required to ensure the privacy and security of patients’ protected health information, including information transmitted orally through conversation. The law requires facilities to implement “reasonable safeguards” to protect patient privacy that can be measured, monitored and based on best practices.

In 1999 Congress passed the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA) to ensure that financial institutions properly protect the financial information of their customers. The act applies to banks, credit unions, savings and loans institutions, insurance companies and securities firms, among other institutions.

Sound masking can help financial institutions comply with the GLBA and show due diligence in protecting their customers’ financial information. Sound masking makes speech unintelligible beyond 15 to 20 feet in open spaces, keeping conversations with and about customers confidential.

A speech privacy test conducted by Building Systems Solutions identifies your space’s compliance with HIPAA as well as ASTM and ANSI standards. Building Systems Solutions will use the results to design and install a customized sound masking system that will ensure the privacy of patients in all sensitive areas.

To receive more information on our Speech Privacy Testing services or to book a testing please contact us