Millions of people are affected by noise pollution, no matter what form it takes it remains dangerous for the masses. Construction is also known to contribute to quite a bit of noise pollution which can lead to dangerous circumstances for those around. For one noise pollution tends to disrupt the local wildlife and their routines are affected by it, senior citizens or adults can also develop high pressure because of it.
Although noise pollution at work sites us inevitable, there are certain steps you can take to lessen the sounds produced on the site.
You should be making conscious effort to reduce the noise pollution at your jobsite to minimize any dangers.
Take Necessary Measures in the Initial Design Phase
The best time to truly reduce the noise exposure is in the project’s initial design phase. When you are still in the design phase you can choose equipment which will make less noise and you can fix any flaws in the design that could later result in amplified noise.
There are other things you can do to reduce noise pollution prior to starting construction like you could modify some parts that are prone to rattling and ringing. You could also cover all the metal objects with rubber and line the barrels and metal chutes with it. Most used heavy equipment dealers use these methods to reduce the noise in their work place.
Installing noise barriers will block the sound waves from wherever they are originating and redirect it. This way they can protect the employees from noise exposure, and while they don’t get rid of the noise completely they help lessen it significantly.
Noise barriers work by absorbing sound in materials like mineral wool which can cushion sound. Noise barriers can be added to machines like saws and jackhammers to reduce their sound.
Sound Absorbing Materials
On a construction site people tend to be surrounded by sound reflective materials which only increases the noise pollution on the site. Instead of working with metal wood or concrete, try to opt for carpet, foam padding or a fiber glass insulation that absorbs sound whenever you can. You could also use these materials to lessen reverberation by placing them on the ceilings, floors and walls around.
Construction equipment is loud, but you can still try to choose equipment that is comparably quieter.
Electric powered machines tend to make less noise than diesel powered machines, and equipment powered hydraulically makes less noise than pneumatically powered equipment. Of course not everyone can afford these quieter machines because they usually are more expensive due to the manufacturing needing more.
Modify Your Current Equipment
If you have already started working and realized too late the amount of noise the equipment you have is making, you could modify your equipment to make it less noisy. Some people use acoustical silencers to reduce noise created by the exhaust and air conditioning systems.
Another thing that can prevent unnecessary noise pollution is ensuring the equipment is in proper shape and running smoothly. If the bolts aren’t tightened properly or some other part of the machine isn’t lubricated properly it will cause rattling and excessive noise so maintain your equipment properly and avoid these issues from arising.