Noise Control Methods for the Construction Industry

Noise Control in ConstructionConstruction sites aren't exactly an area for peace and quiet. While loud noise is inevitable, you can keep it to a reasonable volume. We'll introduce some noise control measures for construction zones. This keeps complaints to a minimum while also protecting workers from future hearing loss.

Why Noise Control in Construction Zones Matters

Continued exposure to noise levels above 90 dBA can cause hearing loss. If you have to shout to speak to someone at an arm's length distance, then noise levels are too high.

Use a decibel meter to determine the noise volume. Set up noise perimeter zones where the volume exceeds 90 dBA. You should also designate all hard-hat areas as noise perimeter zones. Only staff working at the moment should be within this zone, and they should be wearing hearing protection.

Noise Control Methods

  • Install mufflers/silencers on breakers and hoe packs. Mufflers can reduce noise by around 16 dBA.
  • Replace worn or loose parts on equipment that cause excessive vibration
  • Lubricate machine parts to reduce friction

These methods are your responsibility when operating company-owned equipment. If using rented equipment, the rental company will usually handle the maintenance.

You can also maintain noise levels by adopting new workplace practices. Examples may include:

  • Turn off equipment instead of letting it idle
  • Don't drop items from a scaffold
  • Install noise absorbing material over enclosures. Mineral wool is an example of an inexpensive material that you can place over screens and fences.
  • When possible, use electric-powered equipment over diesel-powered ones. The former is generally quieter.

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Edited by Justin Vorhees

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