Resources Noise Control
Noise control and safety screen solutions for mining, oil, and gas
Noise is one of the most significant hazards to a miner’s health, rivalled only by dust and repetitive trauma. Hazardous noise exposure is more prevalent in mining than in any other industrial sector, which is why miners report more hearing problems than any other type of worker.
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) leads to substantial economic costs, as well as a reduction in quality of life for the person with severely impaired hearing.
Mining companies recognise noise as a hazard requiring control, and most have noise control programs in place. However, in many cases action has been taken to reduce the risk of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss; it has focused primarily on protecting people rather than reducing noise emission by engineering means.
The causes of mine site noise
Typical mine equipment that causes noise includes:
- Air Compressors
- Ball Mills
- Rotary drills
- Percussion drills
- Crawler tractors
- Electric shovels
- Haulage trucks
- Front end loaders
- Coal augers
- Primary Crushers
- Drill Rigs
- Conveyor Lines
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Design, manufacture, and installation of engineered solutions
The Mines Safety and Inspection Regulations 1995 provide more specific requirements for a range of activities. The regulations are enforceable, and breaches may result in prosecution, fines, or directions to cease operations.
To avoid prosecution, fines, or directions to cease operations, Flexshield can work with you to design, manufacture, and install engineered solutions, including:
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