Factories generate noise. A lot of noise. It is as much a byproduct of getting work done as it is the designers choosing function first.
The importance of noise control is one part about protecting workers and one part about acknowledging shortcomings. A company should do what it can do to keep workers healthy. They also need to consider the larger environment around their establishment.
Taking the initiative in controlling noise benefits a companies reputation and helps it future proof for regulations. Being ahead of the curve of OSHA regulation leads to long-term savings and allows a company to lead and shape an industry.
The reason for soundproofing factories is mostly to save money. This includes the health of workers and upkeep on equipment.
Strain starts with the decibel spikes that damage hearing but also include overall health concerns. Noise has an adverse effect on blood pressure, cholesterol, and anxiety. Workers are far more comfortable without a constant set of stimuli to push and punish them.
Immediate safety concerns are also taken into account. It is far easier to warn workers of danger when they can hear warnings over the top of ambient noise.
Finally, reducing noise is also about reducing vibrations. This saves energy in terms of cooling and maintenance costs from wear and tear.
Buffers are the first tool for reducing noise at work. This includes sound-proofing materials and structures throughout a factory.
Factories, by simplicity, tend to be rigid structures made of concrete and steel. These are things that amplify noise. Adding more sound dampening in terms of walls and carpets breaks up sound.
Rather than wrap all of the external structures, considering wrapping the machinery. Check out more info her about acoustic blankets to dampen machine sounds directly.
In addition to wrapping equipment, newer construction designs and parts are available that limit noise exposure. A few pieces of plastic and rubber built around bolts and along moving channels do wonders for dropping noise levels.
Seating equipment on shock and sound absorber mounts come next. Gyroscopic mounts also help maintain machine calibrations and performance, reducing time to realign precision cutting and shaping tools.
Rubberized padding and acoustic foam built into walkways and thoroughfares also provide double benefits.
First, these materials reduce noise from workers walking on them and further absorb machinery vibrations.
Second, padded flooring helps reduce impacts on worker hips, spines, and joints. This means fewer injuries and less time off for strain and repetitive injury.
Break areas are a bastion of peace for workers to sit and be, as much as possible, not at work for a moment. By soundproofing around break and office areas, you increase worker happiness and reduce stress.
Break areas that don’t require machinery to be shut down to hear a conversation feel better and help alleviate misunderstandings that can blossom on the factory floor.
Factories generate a lot of noise that requires noise control. Every little bit helps to reduce the damage to workers and the surrounding area.
Taking a conscious, forward-thinking approach to noise pays dividends.
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