When it comes to managing your construction site, one of the most important issues you’ll encounter is noise pollution. As a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU), you have an obligation to make sure your site is safe not only for your workers but also for the surrounding community.
At Control Hire, we’ve developed our own state-of-the-art noise control solution that’s significantly superior to any other temporary noise barriers available. But before we get into our first-of-its-kind noise control product, it’s important to first understand what constitutes construction noise and the risks associated with this hazard.
what is construction noise?
Construction noise is any noise that occurs as a result of activity at a construction site. This can include:
- Demolition work, site preparation work and building maintenance or repair work,
- Vehicle operation, including vehicles entering and leaving the site, and
- Any activities at, or within the immediate vicinity of a construction site from site workers.
Construction noise is considered to be a type of neighbourhood noise pollution. While the effects of noise pollution are often less visible than other construction hazards, construction noise can pose a significant risk to both construction workers and the local community.
Construction noise can lead to a number of different health issues for site workers and the general public, including:
- Hearing impairment and permanent loss of hearing,
- High blood pressure, heart disease and sleep disturbances,
- Anxiety, mental impairment and increased stress, and
With this in mind, it’s essential to implement effective solutions to minimise the effects of construction noise.
Controlling construction noise on the worksite
According to the National Code of Practice for Noise Management, workers must not be exposed to noise above 85 decibels (on average) over eight hours at work. With that said, this rule changes depending on decibels and time exposed. Workers must not be exposed to a noise level above 140 decibels. Any exposure above this level could instantly damage hearing.
As a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU), it’s your responsibility to do everything in your power to reduce the risk of noise-related injury at your workplace. That includes using suitable control methods. Implementing a four-step noise-specific risk management plan can help you manage exposure to hazardous noise at your construction site.
Step 1: Identify the hazard
The first step in managing the risk of construction noise at your site is to identify all potential sources of noise on site. It’s important to note that the risk associated with noise can come from cumulative exposure over time. For example, performing a number of noisy work activities could eventually lead to serious damage.
Step 2: Assess the risk
Once you’ve identified the sources of hazardous noise, you’ll need to complete a noise assessment. This can help to identify:
- Which noise sources are causing the risk,
- Who is at risk of hearing loss,
- What control measures could be used, and
- How well existing controls are working.
Any noise assessments should be kept on-site and made available to all construction workers. Noise assessments should also be completed every five years or whenever there’s a significant change on site, like the use of new plant or the introduction of a new work process.
Step 3: Control the risk
When it comes to controlling noise sources, you must follow the hierarchy of risk control by aiming to eliminate the source before introducing measures to minimise hazardous noise. From controlling noise at the source, controlling the noise pathway, protecting your site workers and providing them with training and hearing protection, there are a number of steps you can take to control noise risk at your worksite.
There are several different noise controls you can implement at your construction site, including engineering controls and administrative controls. Administrative control measures reduce the amount of noise a person is exposed to by reducing the amount of time they’re exposed to it. This can include taking steps like scheduling noisy work during times when fewer workers are present and providing quiet areas for rest breaks.
Alternatively, engineering controls are physical control measures that are used to minimise risk, like choosing low-noise plant and installing specialty noise control equipment.
Step 4: Review Risk Controls
Construction sites are constantly changing, so it’s important to make sure you’re regularly reviewing your noise control measures to make sure they’re still effective. Using a noise monitor is an effective way to monitor the noise on-site in real-time so you can quickly implement alternative noise control measures when noise levels escalate.
Manage construction noise with Control Hire
While you may have heard of noise barriers and blankets, there’s only so much noise these solutions can block out. At Control Hire, we understand how important reducing construction noise is, which is why we’ve developed our very own noise control solution. Introducing the Noise Control Wall.
Our first-of-its-kind patented technology provides the ultimate in noise reduction technology. The Noise Control Wall achieves an 85% absorption rate or Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC), making it more effective than any other noise control solutions on the market.
The Noise Control Wall works by trapping sound waves and dissipating them inside the panel itself. It’s incredibly effective at ranges that are most sensitive to the human ear, being 500Hz, 1000Hz and 2000Hz.
The Noise Control Wall is fully customisable in length and deployment, so it can be adjusted to suit your noise control needs. But that’s not all, our Noise Control Wall is water-resistant, non-combustible, UV-resistant and made from recycled materials that can be fully recycled.
The Noise Control Wall is the best there is to protect your site, your workers and the surrounding community from construction noise, so get a quote today.
At Control Hire, we’re the experts in construction site equipment for noise control. Ensure that your workers are protected each day with noise or sound barrier equipment for temporary noise reduction. Get in touch with us today to organise a free site consultation to find out more about how you can use the Noise Control Wall at your next construction site.