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A guide to reducing noise levels in construction environments.

May 30th, 2013

Working environments, regardless of size or output, can be noisy places. This is especially true in the construction industry, where loud machinery is vital to the success of the workforce and is used on a daily basis.

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In turn, managing and controlling noise levels is an important aspect of successful site management. In addition to ensuring the health and safety of a workforce, the requirements for controlling noise levels are covered by government legislation and guidelines.

What counts as ‘noise’?

If you’re a site manager, or you’re an employer in charge of a workforce using equipment and machinery, regulating noise levels in the workplace is more than a matter of courtesy or maintaining workers comfort. Under the Control of Noise at Work Regulations Act 2005, employers are legally required to take the necessary action to reduce noise levels where possible. For more information on the legislation covering noise levels in the workplace, click here.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is also responsible for outlining the requirements for maintaining the safety of workers, and states that anyone exposed to 85 decibels (that’s roughly equivalent to the sound of traffic from inside a car) should be provided with hearing protection.

Though it’s the tendency to assume that legal requirements only apply to extremely loud noises, these guidelines indicate that regulating noise is a matter that applies to most employers in the construction industry.

Measures to reduce noise levels

Creating noise is an unavoidable and natural result of busy construction environments. And though it’s impossible to completely silence a working environment, taking simple measures can drastically reduce the risk of damage to workers’ hearing, ensuring that your site is in keeping with the relevant laws and guidelines.

  • Protection: Simple and inexpensive measures (like making ear protectors available to workers) are often the most effective method of noise regulation. Companies such as Travis Perkins stock trade earplugs, which offer effective protection when using power tools.
  • Machinery: Loud equipment and machinery is the source of most construction site noise. However, it wouldn’t be financially viable to replace existing equipment and tools with newer technology that reduces noise levels.

Modifying existing machinery is inexpensive and easily achievable. Fit silencers to air exhausts and add material to vibrating equipment to reduce vibration (a process commonly referred to as ‘dampening’.) Building screens around loud machinery will disrupt the path of sound and is another inexpensive way of reducing the noise workers are exposed to.

  • Power Source: After machinery and tools, power sources and generators contribute to high noise levels in working environments. Using an air compressor is an effective way of reducing the noise levels that are produced when generating power for tools and equipment. SIP UK are a leading supplier of air compressors and include silenced compressors as part of their extensive range.

Taking these simple, inexpensive measures is unlikely to disrupt or alter the productivity of a working environment. However, these small alterations will have a considerable impact on reducing noise levels, thereby creating an environment that ensures the safety and wellbeing of workers.

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