The combination of machinery found on construction sites makes them some of the noisiest working environments.
Pile driving, heavy vehicles, earthmoving machinery, generators and compressors, and power tools all contribute to raising dB(A) emissions to hazardous levels and make noise control on construction sites extremely difficult.
It’s easy to see why Australian construction workers submit more hearing loss compensation claims than any other industry.
Workers on construction sites are often subject to continuously loud and noisy environments, and by law, employers must protect them.
In Australia, the National Code of Practice for Noise Management stipulates that a worker’s exposure to noise cannot be more significant than 85 dB for more than 8 hours per day/shift; nor can they be exposed to peak noise that is louder than 140 dB.
Importantly, there are 7 methods employers can utilise to control noise and protect workers on construction sites.
Removing the source of the noise completely.
Employing alternate construction techniques.
Using noise control products such as baffles and attenuators.
Choosing the quietest makes and models on the market.
Such as putting a time limit on noisy periods, and
With management making a concerted effort to reduce construction workers’ noise exposures.
Flexshield has worked on many construction sites projects and has provided noise control solutions that combine efficiency with ease of installation.
The solutions we provide for the construction industry often have both environmental and occupational benefits.
To help control noise on your construction site, contact the noise control specialists Flexshield to arrange an on-site consultation. A site visit entails: