Temporary construction noise barriers are crucial to reducing and controlling the risks of noise exposure on worksites. Excessive construction noise can cause a range of health issues for both your workers and the general public. These issues could include:
• Miscommunication/interference of verbal warnings and site procedures
• Long-term fatigue, anxiety and depression
• Cardiovascular disorders
• Irreversible hearing damage or loss
RVT Group’s acoustic barriers and temporary noise barriers for construction sites help control these risks so you can work safely and confidently.Managing Noise on Site View Health Risks
RVT provides high-quality, fire-resistant, waterproof temporary construction noise barriers. These acoustic barriers have been independently tested and certified and are ideal for reducing noise on site.
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Soundex products are made entirely from fire resistant materials, independently tested and certified by a third part approval body.
The patented Soundex design incorporates an ingenious velcro connection enabling faster installation and the construction of virtually unbroken noise barriers.
The Soundex temporary construction noise barriers are BS7955 certified, making them suitable for suspension scaffolding and other building structures, fences or hoardings.
The Soundex range incorporates water resistant technologies of the highest integrity making them safe to suspend from secondary structures.
Independently tested and certified to BS EN standards, Soundex offers the highest attenuation in the industry with noise reduction up to 35.6dB
Our patented design incorporates an ingenious Velcro connection which enables the construction of a virtually unbroken noise barrier.
This range of temporary construction noise barriers are made of non-irritant materials, making them safe to handle without extra protective clothing.
All Soundex products are manufactured to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 standards in the UK, ensuring that the highest standards of product quality are maintained.
Construction site machinery and activities that emit a level of noise over 80dB are considered unsafe. This can include cutting, wall chasing, drilling, grinding, blasting, piling, excavation and breaking.
Some of the most common sources of noise on construction sites come from:
Jackhammer Drill - at around 125dB can cause damage after just 3.5 seconds of exposure.
Saws, cutting equipment and hand-held breakers that can easily exceed 100 dB
Pile driving often measures between 115-132dB
Diesel generators and excavators with breaker attachments can produce well over 80 dB readings.
Small generators and compressors can produce high noise levels at low frequencies, meaning that the noise can travel across long distances, disrupting wider areas.
Whilst the operator of this equipment will be wearing PPE, the protection of other workers and the nearby public will require further consideration.
Failure to provide effective noise control measures in construction, especially whilst operating machinery, can cause irreparable damage and stress to your workers and the public. That’s why RVT strives to provide only the best temporary noise barrier solutions.
Uncontrolled noise can drastically effect workers’ health; hearing loss can be gradual and, by the time most sufferers notice a change, it is usually too late. Therefore, a lack of adequate noise control on site could result in claims for hearing loss and tinnitus in the future.
Results of exposure to dangerous noise levels can also go beyond this. Losing one of your key senses can induce many long-term debilitating illnesses and conditions such as psychological stress, fatigue, anxiety and depression, impaired memory, and social withdrawal. Subsequent reduced job performance and loss of earning power can also be devastating. As with hearing loss and tinnitus, many of these long-term effects can take time to develop.
Once you have chosen and received your temporary noise barrier, we recommend that you follow these 3 steps:
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According to the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 (the Noise Regulations), the level at which employers must assess the risk to workers' health and provide them with information and training is 80 decibels. The level at which employers must provide hearing protection and hearing protection zones is 85 decibels (daily or weekly average exposure). The regulation also details an upper exposure limit value of 87 decibels. For more information please read the regulation in full.
Sizes vary, however RVT offer the Soundex Acoustic Curtain which is 1250mm x 2500mm and the Soundex Acoustic Quilt which is 3600mm x 2050mm (which is designed to fit a standard security fence panel).
Simply, it means to put a barrier in place so that the source of noise cannot be seen; by its very nature, this will reduce the noise heard by those on the other side of the barrier (in the ‘shadow zone’). The level of noise reduction will depend on the material and quality of the acoustic barrier being used. A high-quality acoustic enclosure, with walls and a roof, will be the most effective way to reduce noise at source, as there will be no line of sight from any angle.
All Soundex products are flame resistant, however the Soundex Cutting Enclosure has the added benefit of a cutting bench. It also features a port for extraction to be fitted to remove dust or fumes. These features make the Soundex Cutting Enclosure ideal for hot works.
The Soundex Pile Wrap Attenuator has been designed specifically for the rail industry. This patented attenuator helps to reduce the noise from steel cylindrical piles during impact. Extra strong magnets hold the attenuator to the pile during each impact, while individual attenuators are joined with a Velcro connection, removing the requirement for extra straps or buckles.
RVT also offer the Soundex PyroTech LU Curtain, which was designed in conjunction with the London Underground to the extremely stringent BS6853:1999 standard. The LU Curtain is the only Class 0 fire rated acoustic barrier currently available which can be used in sub-surface environments, including areas within the London Underground.
Furthermore, the Soundex Micro Enclosure is often championed for track cutting. It is quick to erect and is available with GRP frames for working near live electrics.