Noise pollution is an invisible danger that affects millions of people every day. From rock concerts to freeway traffic. Noise pollution in jobs that require heavy machinery are very common and can contribute to far-reaching hazards, such as high blood pressure in adults and interference with wildlife in the environment.
The sound level that we can withstand depends on several factors. Among them are the type of noise, the distance from the sound source and the exposure time.
One of the most common effects of noise pollution is noise-induced hearing loss, as well as sleep disturbance. Prolonged exposure to loud noise can cause high blood pressure, heart disease, anxiety, and stress. It can also harm both land animals and aquatic life.
In particular, the human ear is accustomed to normally tolerate sounds of up to 70 dB, as a result of sounds higher than this, the human ear requires a greater effort because depending on their intensity and the time they are prolonged, they can affect the individual who is listening. close. The mining sector is one of the most affected because they use machinery such as drills and drilling machines that can reach up to 135 dB. Also in closed places. In second place is the construction sector that uses pneumatic hammers that reach 130 dB. Finally, the carpentry sector makes use of machinery with saws and drills that can generate noise of up to 120 dB. All these prolonged sounds during the day and over time can cause great deterioration for the operators who handle the machines.
How to reduce noise in the workplace?
Add noise barriers; this blocks the direct path of sound waves.
Use materials that absorb and insulate sound.
Choose less noisy equipment; Electric equipment is quieter than diesel equipment.
Optimise the current equipment; use acoustic mufflers and make sure parts are well lubricated to reduce noise.
Provide hearing protection to workers.
Effectively schedule hours and shifts to limit exposure by limiting the number of people on site during noisy tasks.
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