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08.11.2018 · By

Combat noise pollution and improve workplace health and safety in 4 simple steps

Noise pollution can exist in a variety of industrial facilities and workplace environments and, in many cases, it’s capable of causing lasting damage

Noise pollution is often a nuisance but can also be a health risk if decibels are loud enough. Excessive and ongoing exposure to loud noise can increase blood pressure and the likelihood of cardiovascular disease, trigger anxiety, mental fatigue and even cause tinnitus.  Noise pollution can also produce an emotional response, known as ‘noise annoyance’, which increases feelings of irritation and disturbance. This impact on health and wellness also has a knock-on effect when it comes to productivity levels, communication and the quality of your staff’s output.

Where the risk of noise pollution exists, it is important to create a comfortable and safe working environment, to protect your employees and safeguard your business. Here are four simple steps for doing just that:

1. Identify noise pollution areas

Some businesses may not even be aware of the extent to which noise pollution is affecting their staff and the surrounding area, so it’s important to be vigilant and identify any issues quickly. Spec out your work space and make a list of the areas in which noise needs to be reduced and controlled before it causes damage to others. If in doubt, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has developed an app that raises awareness about the noise levels in a workplace, helping staff to make informed decisions about their health and when protection is necessary. Researchers can also use the app to collect data about noise exposure. Putting in place the right measures to control noise pollution will avoid any unnecessary harm or complaints being made.

2. Talk to us about our noise control barrier

At Cunningham, we provide custom noise control barriers in any shape, size or colour to help you combat noise pollution. These can be made to fit around any environment where noise pollution is a threat or issue. These protective panels are durable, waterproof and can be made to fit a specific area, making it a uniquely adaptable solution. From construction sites to event spaces, we have noise control barriers to suit all environments. Our noise control barriers are designed to reflect and absorb sound, making sure sound is absorbed rather than deflected.  

3. Communicate your noise control efforts

Once you have your fool proof Cunningham Cover noise pollution solution in place, it may be appropriate to highlight efforts to staff and those outside of your business, so they are aware of the lengths that have been taken to reduce noise and create a healthy environment. Setting a good example and establishing your position as a health-conscious company will only add value to your business. Maximise your commercial viability with a happy, healthy and productive staff, and motivate them even further with a company culture that shows them that you care.

4. Make it your own

A wonderful benefit of a Cunningham Covers noise control barrier is that you can make it your own, in every sense. For instance, your bespoke noise control barrier could be branded with your company logo, name or brand colours. What’s more, our noise control barriers can be made to suit your specific industry, be it a specific size or depth that is needed for your panels. Better still, they are easy to install and can be reused whenever needed.

Our noise control panels are also super easy to fit on HERAS fencing, or any other temporary fence panels – making them an adaptable reusable solution for construction sites. Attachment is simple and fast – an easy one man job! Our products are made to last, which means a one-time investment guarantees ongoing support and protection throughout a variety of construction jobs over the years.

You can have your very own noise control barrier designed and dispatched within 10-14 days

Tell us more about your noise pollution needs.

Email or call us on 0044 (0)2879 444 339.

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