Excessive noise levels can put the health of workers at risk and lower their productivity. Some noise reduction efforts are mandated by OSHA. Others are optional but worth considering. These are three ways you can reduce factory noise.
1. Stop Noise at Its Source
There are a variety of methods you can use to reduce the noise generated in your factory. Equipment and machine enclosures can block some of the noise generated by the machinery in your factory. Additionally, adding sound dampening features, such as a noise reducing caster, to unenclosed equipment can significantly cut down on overall noise levels.
2. Require Hearing Protection
If you can not reduce the noise levels from equipment to an acceptable level, you can reduce the amount of noise that reaches your employees’ ears by requiring them to use hearing protection. The most common hearing protection in use is earmuffs and earplugs. Auditory protection is manded for any employees who are subjected to eight hours or more of work at an average noise level above 85 decibels. The choice between earmuffs and earplugs mostly depends upon the preferences of the individual employee.
3. Choose a Noise Resistant Factory Layout
Strategic positioning of noise sources during a factory design or reconfiguration can significantly lower overall noise levels. Try to create as much distance as possible between noisy machines and areas where employees will be working. It is also a good idea to create space between your equipment and neighboring buildings because if the noise from your facility is too loud it can put you in violation of noise pollution ordinances. Group noisy machines together. This will make the part of the factory where the machines are located loud, but be easier to contain.
Reducing noise levels in your factory is important for the health and safety of your employees. These three methods can help you keep them safe.