How to Protect Your Craftsmen against On-Site Noise
Drilling. Hammering. Sawing. Concrete Mixing. The noises on the construction site are endless. While on-site noise is inevitable, there are significant benefits to protecting your crew from hearing damage.
A safe level of noise is typically considered up to 85 decibels, yet the noise frequency on the construction site often exceeds this.
Here is a look at how you can protect your crew from on-site noise:
Determine Noise Sources
The first step to keeping your crew safe from on-site noise is to identify where the noisy areas are on your construction site. The craftsmen continually working in these environments need protection.
While all areas should get assessed, typical noise offenders include heavy machinery. Loud equipment used for demolition or compressors, concrete mixers and more normally register louder than 85 decibels.
Want more information? Check out OSHA’s pocket guide to protecting yourself from noise in construction.
Wear Safety Gear
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is a great way to protect your crew again hearing damage. To prevent hearing loss, employees in high noise level situations need to wear earplugs. And then hold both craftsmen and managers accountable for this safety initiative.
Post signage in the construction areas reminding crew members to wear protective gear. Additionally, have shift supervisors make rounds around the site to double check earplug use.
Note, ensure the earplugs provided are industrial quality earplugs. If not, safety benefits are null and void.
Modify Equipment When Necessary
Beyond PPE, there are also ways to reduce the noise coming from your equipment. If you need to purchase new equipment for the project, take a look at manufacturer information to see which brand has the lowest noise rating. While noise is not the only thing to factor in when purchasing equipment, it should be in consideration.
While on the site, using mufflers, silencers or damping materials can help dull the noise. If none of these techniques work a particular area or the job site, block off the area with barriers so everyone passing by knows it’s a high noise area. This will make sure staffers aren’t exposed without proper safety gear.
Monitor Noise Risks
Administering PPE and updating equipment are two great ways to keep your crew safe from on-site noise. Once these proactive measures are in place, it’s time to watch the areas.
While there are some typical offenders of noise risks, assessing the noise levels in each area of the construction site is important. Assessments will keep each area safe because you’ll be able to adjust safety regulations as necessary.
If certain areas continue to have high noise levels, consider incorporating a rotating schedule for craftsmen. A schedule will reduce craftsmen exposure to the dangerous noise areas.
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