Feel like your workplace is too loud? Well, you might be right. A loud and noisy workplace can actually have some serious long term side effects on your hearing. Even the short term effects of headaches and higher blood pressure should be enough to convince everyone there is a problem. The good news? It’s easy to get checked. Companies like Air Noise Environment can easily assess whether or not you have a noise problem. Below are some simple ways to help you reduce noise in your workplace.
Replace Noisy Parts
Parts in machinery and small power plants can often come loose or begin to vibrate. Just the slight change in the machine while it is running can result in a lot of extra noise being produced. Unnecessary vibrations are the most likely cause for a properly functioning plant to create excess sound. Depending on the age of the plant you might consider replacing it with a more modern, quieter alternative, one that is specifically graded with a maximum decibel rating. However you can also simply replace a certain part that could be creating the problem, or employ the use of noise dampeners, such as mufflers and anti-vibration pads.
One of the most effective ways to reduce noise is to use sound barriers. Plants and machinery should be placed with noise reducing enclosures. Not all noise comes from machinery however. Open plan offices can create a lot of noise, and allow it to travel very easily. A number of quiet conversations and the accumulation of typing fingers will create a lot of noise within the space. Partitions and cubical walls are and easy solution to limiting the large amount of noise created in these environments.
Personal Noise Protection
An office environment should never come to the level of noise where hearing protection is required, but many other workplaces do. An office that loud is certainly in need of some noise minimisation. Factories and other enclosed workplaces in which heavy machinery and loud power tools are used create huge amounts of noise. In those situations hearing protection isn’t always enough. When it is that loud and constant the best way to reduce risk is to reduce exposure, giving constant breaks while working to use as recovery time.
Constant monitoring of noise levels, usually done by an occupational health and safety officer, is the best way to maintain noise levels to a minimum. Once damaged, hearing cannot be restored, so it is vital that the noise level is monitored regularly and that workplace practices work to reduce it as much as possible.
It can be incredibly difficult to reduce workplace noise, but it is vital for everyone that it gets done properly. It can even be hard to know when your workplace has reached a level of noise that could be damaging, as in most cases the noise level raises gradually, at a rate that you cannot notice. How have you reduced noise in your workplace?