Used in many occupations and situations,industrial sound barriers combat noise pollution by absorbing and reflecting sound. A noisy workplace can be hazardous to the health and safety of employees.It can also affect the public, especially when construction is taking place nearby.
Many people don't realize what a serious problem noise pollutionposes.It can lead to a host of issues, including hearing loss, tinnitus, physical and mental stress, accidents, and injuries. Exposure to noise can also interfere with productivity, concentration, and communication, adversely affecting workers on the job and in their personal lives.
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 22 million people per year experience loud noise in the workplace. Their 2018 study on occupational noise exposure within US industries and occupations found that "hypertension, elevated cholesterol, and hearing difficulty are more prevalent among noise‐exposed workers." NIOSH considers noise at or above 85 decibels to be hazardous. and recommends sound barriers as a solution for reducing noise exposure on the job. Businesses spend an average of $242 million on worker’s compensation claims related to hearing loss, so it's important to provide sound barriers for the sake of your business as well as your employees.
How Can You Prevent Noise Pollution in the Workplace?
Justrite’s construction site acoustic barriers reduce the perceived noise level of loud equipment and machinery by up to 50 percent
Industrial sound barriers help prevent noise from affecting the quality of life of your workers and the public. In some areas, they may also help comply with city noise regulations. Though noise ordinances can vary from city to city, they generally set a limit for allowable noise levels during different periods of the day, with higher levels during standard working hours and lower levels at night. When the noise ordinance is violated, it can result in fines for your business or even a temporary work stoppage, costing you time and money.
Sound barriers can help prevent this. Without them, your business might have to switch to smaller, quieter equipment, which will likely extend the amount of time it takes to complete a job. Justrite offers versatile sound barriers that are easy to transport, install, and store, ideal for use on construction sites, industrial plants, civil engineering sites, mining sites, and more. Sound barriers should be used around any equipment that can affect the hearing or potential safety of your workers, including noisy air conditioners, generators, compressors, and jackhammers.
OSHA listssound barriers as an example of an engineering control that is both effective and inexpensive. While other solutions can result in inconveniences on the job, sound barriers are a simple way to protect your workers and the public while continuing business as usual. If your employees are forced to use smaller equipment, only use noisy equipment when less people are around, or limit the amount of time they spend near that equipment, it can result in delays and unhappy clients, affecting your business's profits and reputation.
Use Justrite QuietSite™ Temporary Noise Barrier Walls to Protect Workers’ Hearing
Justrite QuietSite™industrial sound barriers make it easy to control noise at any workplace or job site, while being much less disruptive to your employees' workflow than many other solutions. It's important that workers be able to communicate with others. Hazardous noise levels make this incredibly difficult and can lead to accidents or injuries on the job. Industrial sound barriers are a simple solution to reduce noise pollution. They can improve the well-being of your employees and the public while helping you meet city noise regulations and avoid fines, complaints, and delays.