An unwanted life-changer

Noise at work can lead to serious safety risks for both your workers and the wider public. Excess noise can make warnings harder to hear, interfere with communications and lead to a range of long-term medical conditions.

Health effects of excess noise on site
Health effects of ineffective noise control:
  • An inability to understand speech
  • Tinnitus
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Mental health issues including stress, tension and depression
  • Impaired memory and inability to learn new tasks
  • Reduced alertness and job performance
When is noise control needed on site - what levels
When you need noise control / sound insulation:
  • Noise levels are on average over 85dB during a day or week
  • Your industry has noisy tasks (engineering, construction)
  • Noisy machinery or powered tools are used for more than 30 minutes each day
  • The noise is intrusive or worse for most of the day (for example as loud as a vacuum cleaner)
  • There are impact or explosive noises such as hammering, pneumatic tools, guns or cartridge-operated tools
How to achieve effective noise control on site
Effective noise control methodology:
  • Accurate measurement of noise levels to ensure adequate response
  • Control measures for excess noise placed close to the source of noise
  • Barrier created within the sound path to contain the sound
  • Line of sight broken between the source of noise and those nearby
  • Workers’ hearing monitored regularly to ensure successful control

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