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The environmental impact of noise pollution in the resources industry

How noise control and PVC screen solutions can enhance your...

How noise control and PVC screen solutions can enhance your operations

Noise pollution poses significant environmental and health challenges within the resources industry. As this sector continues to evolve, it becomes crucial to address the impact of noise pollution and explore effective solutions.

This blog explores Australian noise standards relevant to the resources industry, and highlights the benefits of noise control measures and PVC screen solutions in mitigating noise pollution.

Understanding Australian noise standards for the resources industry

Australia has well-defined noise standards and regulations safeguarding the environment and communities around resource extraction and processing sites. The Environmental Protection (Noise) Policy 2008 (EPP Noise) sets acceptable noise limits for industrial activities, while the Australian Standard AS 2436-2010 guides measuring and assessing environmental noise in and around industrial sites.

What are the environmental impacts of noise pollution from resources?

Ecological effects

Excessive noise can harm local wildlife and ecosystems. Prolonged exposure to high noise levels disrupts breeding patterns, alters foraging behaviours, and displaces habitats for various species. Mitigating noise pollution is essential to protect the delicate balance of local ecosystems.

Human health implications

Noise pollution also affects the well-being of nearby communities. Prolonged exposure to high noise levels can lead to sleep disturbances, increased stress, and potential hearing damage. Effective noise control measures are necessary to safeguard the health of individuals living in the vicinity.

The benefits of noise control measures

Compliance with noise standards

Implementing noise control measures ensures compliance with Australian noise standards, helping resource industry operations avoid penalties and legal consequences. Adhering to these standards also fosters positive relationships with neighbouring communities.

Improved worker safety

Prioritising noise control measures enhances the safety and wellbeing of your workforce. Reducing excessive noise levels can prevent occupational hearing loss, in turn improving worker productivity and morale.

PVC screen solutions: a promising approach to noise control

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) screen solutions offer versatile and effective noise control methods for the resources industry. These screens act as barriers, blocking and absorbing sound waves, thereby reducing noise emissions from mining and processing activities. Key benefits of PVC screens include:

1) High acoustic performance

PVC screens are designed to provide excellent acoustic performance, effectively reducing noise levels in the surrounding environment. They can be customised to meet specific noise control requirements, ensuring optimal results.

2) Durability and weather resistance

PVC screens are highly durable and weather-resistant, making them ideal for resource industry applications. They can withstand harsh conditions – including extreme temperatures, moisture, and UV radiation – without compromising performance.

3) Easy installation and maintenance

PVC screens are lightweight and easy to install, minimising disruptions to ongoing operations. Additionally, since they require minimal maintenance, they are a highly cost-effective noise control solution.

Flexshield noise control products

To comply with the Mines Safety and Inspection Regulations 1995, which outline specific requirements for a range of activities, Flexshield offers a range of engineered solutions. These include:

Get advice on the right industrial noise control

Addressing the environmental impact of noise pollution is crucial for the sustainable development of the resources industry. By adhering to Australian noise standards and implementing effective noise control measures such as PVC screens, resource companies can mitigate the adverse effects of noise pollution on the environment and the workforce. Prioritising noise control demonstrates a commitment to responsible operations and the well-being of local communities and ecosystems. For expert advice on the right noise control solutions for your facility, please contact Flexshield at 1300 799 969 or get in touch online.

Note: When referencing specific Australian noise standards and regulations, it’s essential to consult the latest legislation and guidelines for accurate and up-to-date information.