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How is noise pollution considered in modern construction?

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Posted on Aug 11, 2022, 3 p.m.

Noise pollution is a huge problem in our world today. We are constantly surrounded by noise, and it is not easy to escape it. This is especially true if you are a new homeowner with renovation activities going on in your new home. 

Construction sites are a common source of noise pollution and can be extremely disruptive. This article will discuss how noise pollution is considered in modern construction projects and why it is such an important issue.

What is noise pollution?

Noise pollution is defined as any unwanted or disruptive sound. This can include construction noise, traffic noise, and even loud music. The nature of construction noise can make it difficult for people to concentrate, sleep, or even hear each other speak. In some cases, noise pollution can even lead to health problems.

As reported in this guide to noise pollution and wellbeing, 48% of adults aged 20 or over regularly exceed the recommended noise limits in any given 24-hour period, as set out by the World Health Organisation. To better manage noise pollution, it’s important to first be aware of the potential causes. 

Causes of noise pollution in modern construction

There are several things that can cause noise pollution in modern construction. The two most prevalent causes are the equipment that’s being used, and the construction workers themselves. Equipment like jackhammers, excavators, and other heavy machinery can all be extremely loud, making it difficult for people to hear each other or concentrate on their work, both on-site and off.

Another major cause of noise pollution in construction is the workers themselves. This is because they often have to shout to be heard over the equipment. In addition, many construction workers listen to music while they work, which can also be disruptive.

How is noise pollution considered in modern construction?

So what is the industry doing to manage the noise pollution created on sites? For the workers themselves, one of the simplest ways to reduce noise pollution is to wear earplugs or headphones. This will help to block out some of the noise and make it easier to concentrate. Another way workers can limit the effects of noise pollution on-site is to use communication gear. This includes things like two-way radios and headsets, which will allow workers to communicate without having to shout.

Construction companies must also consider how noise pollution that comes as a result of a building project could affect neighbours in the local area. This is managed best through the installation of certain features to limit noise. 

For example, sound barriers are walls that are designed to reduce the amount of noise that passes through them. They can be made from various materials, including concrete, metal, and glass. Using acoustic insulation is another way to reduce the amount of noise transmitted through a structure. Finally, noise mitigation is the process of reducing the overall level of noise in an area. This can be done through various methods, such as planting trees or installing sound-absorbing materials.

Conclusion

While government and local councils regulate the maximum noise levels that construction sites are allowed to emit, it is ultimately up to the companies themselves to ensure that they adhere to these regulations. By observing the stipulated time limits for equipment use, implementing sound-reducing measures, and using communication gear, construction companies can help reduce noise pollution and make our world quieter.

This article was supplied by Hannah Williams, digital content, media blogger, and health advocate.

As with anything you read on the internet, this article should not be construed as medical advice; please talk to your doctor or primary care provider before changing your wellness routine.

Content may be edited for style and length.

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