Noise pollution is a real concern. It can come from a variety of sources including loud music, highway traffic, and construction sites. While it might not be something that comes to mind, unless you live near the source, it poses real health dangers. It has been documented, by several University studies, loud noise can not only raise blood pressure in adults.
Noise is an unfortunate bi-product of the construction business. The good news is there are various ways to cut down the noise levels at the job site. Outdoor sound barrier panels are just one way.
What Are Some of the Effects of Noise Pollution?
While many people might realize long-term exposure to noise pollution could potentially damage their hearing, many fail to realize there are other issues as well. The three biggest concerns of noise pollution are listed below.
- Hearing Loss
- Negative Long-Term Health Issues
- Lost productivity
Noise induced hearing loss, or NIHL, can occur when exposed to high levels of noise. The damage is irreversible and permanent. Long-term health issues can include heart disease, high blood pressure, stress, and sleep disturbances.
Ways to Control Noise
There are generally considered two ways to help control noise.
- Engineering Controls
- Administrative Controls
Engineering Controls to Reduce Sound
- Utilizing Low-Noise Machinery
- Proper Machinery Maintenance
- Utilize Sound Barrier Walls
Administrative Controls to Reduce Noise Levels
- Operating Machinery When Fewer People are Around
- Limiting Amount of Exposure to on-site Personnel
- Offering Areas Where Workers Can Get Relief from Noise Levels
Ways to Reduce Job Site Noise
While it may seem like a massive undertaking, with IES-2000, we can walk you through the best ways to manage noise. Listed below are several important considerations:
- Cover Metal Wheels with Rubber
- Use Outdoor Acoustic Barrier
- Use Sound Absorbing Material
- Maintain Equipment
Covering metal wheels, tables, and other equipment, with rubber, can greatly reduce the amount of impact noise produced. On-site modification of metal parts can reduce rattle and vibration. Using outdoor sound barrier panels greatly reduces the amount of noise exposure to both workers and the community. Wood, metal, and concrete surfaces should be covered with absorptive material to cut down on the amount of sound reflection.
With IES-2000 at your side, we can help reduce noise pollution at your construction site. Find out how by contacting us today.