The most common problem and complaint from factory workers is excessive noise. There are typically large machinery and equipment with which they work with in addition to loud fans and vents in the area. Excessive noise does not just affect the worker’s professional life but hearing damage is permanent and affects their personal life as well.
There are a couple ways in which excessive noise can be reduced to a safe level for workers.
- Industrial Earplugs or noise cancelling headphones
- Quiet the noise source
Industrial Earplugs / Noise Cancelling Headphones
They are an acceptable method of reducing the noise exposure but are typically used temporarily to implement noise control solutions to the equipment producing the noise.
It is vital that the hearing protection fits properly and that they are worn at all times when being exposed to noise.
There are many options available but ultimately the choice is a personal one as long as it achieves the necessary NRR (noise reduction rating).
Noise Reduction at the Noise Source
Noise reduction at the noise source typically involves either adding a silencer to the equipment or creating an enclosure to absorb the noise and reduce the amount which reaches the workers in proximity.
The solution for noise reduction at the noise source greatly depends on the equipment/machine producing the noise, the application and the environment in which the noise source is located.
dB Noise Reduction is an expert in the design and supply of noise control equipment including silencers and noise enclosures. We would be more than happy to discuss your specific application to try and help attenuate the noise for the health and safety of your workers.