Dealing with excessive noise from construction sites, especially for long periods, can cause many health, safety and community issues. Learn more about how best to control noise pollution, and minimise the impact on health for all involved.
17th November 2022
We understand that construction is noisy work – there are no two ways about it. However, excessive noise from construction sites, especially for long periods, can cause many health, safety and community issues. In this blog, we’ll share the five best ways to control noise pollution on your construction site so that you can avoid hefty fines and health damage.
What is the Danger of Construction Noise?
Construction site noise is classed as neighbourhood noise pollution. It includes any loud sounds emitted from heavy machinery, vehicles, loud voices and physical trade work such as drilling, hammering, digging or welding. Levels of noise over 80dB are considered unsafe and can cause many health issues to workers and the public, such as:
Irreversible hearing damage or loss.
Long-term fatigue, anxiety and depression.
It can also cause miscommunication or interference of verbal warnings and site procedures. This can ultimately lead to more serious safety or legal matters.
Of course, construction noise can vary depending on the time of day and type of work performed. However, implementing strict noise control measures on site can help minimise the impact of all levels.
1. Install Temporary Noise Barriers
Temporary noise barriers are primarily used to capture, contain and control excess construction noise from travelling into surrounding residential areas. They are also used to protect workers from loud traffic or plant equipment noise on site.
Our high-quality, temporary noise barriers are the top choice for many contractors across QLD, NSW and VIC. Waterproof and fire-resistant, their tried and tested design ensures high sound absorption while the eyelets enable easy suspension from fencing, scaffolding and hoardings.
Check out two of our sound barriers available to hire below, or explore our full range here.
2. Use Temporary Enclosures for Construction
Temporary enclosures are used to reduce excess noise produced by construction machinery and equipment. RVT Group’s selection of acoustic enclosures are versatile, durable and perfect for creating a closed chamber around:
Compressors and generators
Saws, grinders and sanders
Moulders and welders
Trucks and forklifts
Fabrication processes and more.
Their advanced design allows easy access, maintenance, ventilation and operation at all times. Why not check out two of our top acoustic enclosure products below?
If you aren’t quite sure which is best for you, give our team a call today. We offer expert advice and free trials on all noise control equipment.
Your construction plant and equipment must comply with government health and safety regulations. As noise can cause serious health risks and damage, using new equipment designed with safety and noise reduction in mind can make a huge difference.
Manufacturers understand the importance of noise control and can recommend the best machinery or equipment for your site.
4. Optimise Your Existing Construction Equipment
Modifying your existing construction equipment will extend its lifespan, improve its quality and make it much quieter to use. For example, you can retrofit dampers, mufflers or fans to machinery, and keep parts well-lubricated to minimise noise and general wear and tear.
Looking for a more industry-specific solution? RVT Group’s SOUNDEX Pile Wrap Attenuator was designed to reduce the sound that emanates during piling on the railway. Durable and fire-safe, this high-performance product is ready to hire now.
5. Implement a Strategic Workers’ Schedule
This tactic is so simple it is often overlooked. Ensuring your work roster limits and balances your workers’ time on site and noise exposure. It’s best to minimise the number of people onsite during loud activities and tasks. If one of your employees is struggling healthwise, relocating them to a low-noise job can help lower the negative impact of sound exposure.
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As the leading specialists in dust and noise control in Australia for 25 years and counting, we have the expertise, skill and equipment to strengthen your worksite health and safety. We can tailor our range of noise control solutions to suit your requirements.
Need more proof? Check out two of our recent noise control projects.