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How to Make an Effective Construction Noise Barrier

How to Make an Effective Construction Noise Barrier

Construction sites are noisy places. As a result, you have a responsibility to protect workers on your site from the effects of noise. It’s also important to reduce the impact of noise on people close to the construction site, including passers-by, residents, and workers in nearby buildings. One of the best ways of reducing the impact of noise for those close to your site is to install a construction noise barrier solution.

Construction noise barriers act as a shield, dampening sound to reduce noise levels outside your site. They can envelop your construction site, or you can use them in strategic locations where noise presents the biggest problem.

How do you ensure the effectiveness of the noise barrier solution you install? Here are our tips.

Buy High-Quality Noise Barrier Products

Not all noise barriers are the same, so make sure you buy yours from a company with a good reputation. It’s also important to choose noise barriers with a proven track record of success.

Check the Noise Reduction Capabilities

This could be measured in decibels, by a percentage, or using an STC rating. STC, or Sound Transmission Class, ratings indicate how well the construction noise barrier reduces sound. Your supplier can give you this information.

Choose an Option You Can Customise

Construction noise barriers offer a fantastic opportunity for branding and delivering messages to the public and potential customers. So, make sure you choose a barrier solution that can be supplied to you fully customised.

Get Barriers That are Lightweight and Flexible

Lightweight and flexible barriers are easy to install and relocate during the construction work and when you are finished.

Assess Where to Install the Construction Barrier

In general, the closer construction noise barriers are installed to the source of the sound, the more effective they are. You also need to consider the impact on productivity as well as how you will fix the barriers in place.

Conduct a Risk Assessment

It’s also important to determine the impact of the noise barrier installation, particularly in relation to the impact of weather on the noise barrier, the safe movement of vehicles, and the safe movement of people.

Take Accurate Measurements

Gaps and unprotected sections of a construction noise barrier can greatly reduce the overall performance.

Implement Other Noise Control Solutions on Your Construction Site

You will get maximum performance from your construction noise barrier if you also minimise the noise of your construction site. An effective method of reducing noise without impacting productivity is to install noise barrier solutions on noisy equipment. This includes pumps, generators, rock breakers, and pile rigs.

Decide Where to Fit or Hang the Barrier

This can be on scaffolding, on temporary construction fencing, on concrete barriers, etc. Also, make sure the construction noise barrier you purchase has the fitting options you need depending on where you will use the barrier. This could be Velcro fittings or eyelets.

Controlling Construction Site Noise

As mentioned previously, construction sites are noisy places, but they don’t have to be as noisy. Installing a construction noise barrier solution will help reduce the impact of noise coming from your site.

Guide: How to Soundproof A Room with Blankets

Guide: How to Soundproof A Room with Blankets

There are many different reasons for soundproofing a room. The same applies to soundproofing an area within an industrial space such as a production line in a manufacturing facility. There are also many options to choose from to achieve your soundproofing goals including transparent noise barriers, noise blankets, vinyl noise barriers, and more.

As a result, there is no one-size-fits-all solution when you want to soundproof a location inside a building. There is, however, general advice you can follow to help you decide on the best approach and to ensure the most effective result.

Choose the Right Noise Barrier Product

Everything starts with the noise barrier product you choose. A high-quality option that is flexible and adaptable is always the best choice as you will get better and more long-lasting results.

Consider Your Requirements

The type of soundproofing solution that is best for your needs will depend on your specific requirements. For example, do you want to soundproof a room to keep internal noise from getting out or to prevent external noise from coming in? The source of the noise is important too.

For example, a solution for a building that is in use but where part of it is being renovated will have a different requirement to an industrial setting or production facility where the space is larger, and the required solution is more permanent.

Check if You Can Soundproof the Source of the Noise

Soundproofing the source of the noise might be a more viable, effective, and cost-effective option than soundproofing an entire room or area. At Duraflex, for example, we can customise our noise barriers to suit any equipment or machinery.

Soundproof Walls, Floors, and Ceilings

Soundproofing walls is usually the first step you have to take, but you may need to use a noise blanket or barrier to soundproof your ceiling and floor as well, particularly if the room you need to soundproof is in a multi-storey building.

A hospital is a good example. Part or all of a floor in a hospital building could be undergoing renovation work. Soundproofing the walls is important in these situations but you will enhance the soundproofing effect if you also soundproof the ceilings and/or floors.

Don’t Forget the Doors and Windows

A lot of excess noise gets into a room (or out of a room depending on your situation) through doors and windows. Therefore, you need to think about soundproofing windows and doors as well.

The same applies to open areas like hallways and corridors. You may need to hang a soundproofing barrier in these locations too.

Installation

Depending on the product you choose, the installation of noise blankets and barriers should be a straightforward process. Our noise barrier solutions, for example, come with both eyelets and Velcro fitting options, making them easy to install.

That said, the most important part of soundproofing a room is planning to ensure you get the best products and you fit them in the right places.

How Noise Barriers Provide Safe Working Conditions for Employees

How Noise Barriers Provide Safe Working Conditions for Employees

Providing a safe and healthy working environment for employees is essential for businesses in all industries. Where conditions are not safe or healthy, there is a requirement to identify the risks employees face and to take steps to mitigate those risks. For noise-related risks, installing a temporary noise barrier is often the best solution.

Excess noise presents a risk to employees in a range of situations including:

  • Construction workers as the noise levels of construction sites often exceed what experts believe is safe
  • Workers at events, concerts, or festivals where there is loud music or audio
  • Employees who work in close proximity to loud machinery
  • Workers who don’t typically work in a noisy environment, but who are exposed to noise temporarily because of a new situation

A good example of the last point in the list above is an individual that works in an office while the office is undergoing construction work. Their work area might not be part of the construction work, but they could be close enough to be impacted by the noise.

Other Benefits of Installing Temporary Noise Barriers

Protecting the hearing of your employees is the main benefit of noise barrier solutions. After all, permanent damage can be caused to your hearing if you are exposed to noises that are too loud.

In all the above situations, noise can cause hearing problems for employees. Installing a temporary noise barrier is an effective and affordable risk-mitigating solution.

That said, there are other benefits that temporary noise barriers offer – benefits that ensure safe working conditions for your employees. These benefits include:

  • Increased productivity – when employees are exposed to excess noise, they become distracted, reducing their productivity levels. They may also have to repeat tasks because of problems and errors caused by the noise.
  • Reduces stress – excess noise can increase the stress of employees too, not least because of the point above. Not only are stressed employees bad for your business, but stress is bad for both the physical and mental health of the people on your team.
  • Helps to reduce the impact of other pollutants – the activities or machines causing excess noise can also create other pollutants that can impact the health and safe working conditions of employees. This includes exhaust fumes from machines and vehicles as well as dust, dirt, and other debris from, for example, construction work. Depending on the temporary noise barrier you choose, it will provide a level of protection for your employees from these pollutants.

Modern Attitudes to Health and Safety

Ensuring your employees are healthy and are able to work in a safe environment is becoming more important. The expectations of employees as well as the government is that employers should take all reasonable measures to create safe working conditions.

In the past, noise may not have been high on the list of priorities. Where noise barriers where installed, it was often to prevent complaints from others.

That is still important today, but the health and safety factor is more so.

Given the additional benefits of our range at Duraflex (such as their flexibility, ease of use, and the fact you can add your own branding), using temporary noise barriers is a sensible solution to the problems of noise in your business.

12 Benefits of Dust Control Curtains

12 Benefits of Dust Control Curtains

Installing a dust curtain is one of the options you have if you want to control dust in your facility and/or create an area that is free from contamination. Why should you choose to install a dust control curtain over other options that are available, however, and are dust control curtains effective?

The following 12 benefits of dust control curtains will give you the answers you need.

1. Prevents Contamination from Dust

Let’s start with the most obvious – dust control curtains prevent areas in your facility or building from being contaminated by dust. They are a proven and highly effective dust control solution that is suitable for just about any situation or location.

2. Prevents Contamination from Fumes and Smoke

In addition to controlling dust, dust control curtains are also effective at preventing contamination from fumes and smoke.

This doesn’t apply to just workers either. On renovation projects in large buildings, for example, dust curtains can be installed to stop dust, fumes, and smoke from getting into areas of the building that are not part of the renovation but are instead being used as normal.

3. Protects the Health of Workers and Others

Dust and other contaminants can impact the health of workers and others in a number of different ways. This includes breathing in dust and the effect it has on the lungs and airways, plus dust can irritate the eyes and skin.

Fumes and smoke can also impact the health of workers and others. Dust curtains help to protect people from this danger too.

4. Stops Dust and Fumes from Becoming a Distraction to Workers

Dust can also be a nuisance. It gets in the way, it makes work areas and other locations untidy, and it can be a distraction to workers, preventing them from getting on with their normal duties.

5. Increases Productivity

Following on from the above point, dust curtains can increase productivity as workers are not distracted by dust. In addition, they don’t have to take steps to avoid dust and they don’t need to carry out as much cleaning in areas that are protected by the dust curtain.

6. Reduces the Impact Dust Can Have on Product Quality

Dust getting into a product at any stage of the production process can have a significant impact on product quality. This includes dust that contaminates raw materials right up to dust that affects the finishing process on the production line.

As ensuring consistent quality standards is crucial to production line effectiveness and overall profitability, the importance of this point cannot be overstated.

This is especially applicable in locations that deal with food, chemicals, medicines, high precision components, and other materials and products that are highly sensitive to contamination.

7. Mitigates the Dangers Presented by Dust

Dust is usually nothing more than an annoyance, although it can be a costly annoyance as illustrated in the previous point.

Dust can be dangerous too, though.

For a start, bacteria can be present on the surface of dust particles.

Also, dust particles can become charged, making dust flammable in certain situations. There are also conditions where dust can explode, making it even more dangerous.

8. Reduces the Need for Cleaning

If there is dust, you need to allocate resources to clean it. By containing and controlling dust and other contaminants, you make the cleaning process easier, more effective, and more efficient. You will also reduce the cost of cleaning.

9. Helps to Control Temperature

In addition to preventing dust and other contaminants from entering a protected area, dust curtains also help to control temperature. A good example is where dust curtains are used in refrigerators or freezers where they prevent contamination while also keeping hot air out and cold air in.

10. Easy to Install

Of course, dust curtains are not the only solution that is available that controls dust and other contaminants. Compared to all the other options, however, dust curtains are the easiest to install.

In addition, they are easy to adjust and move as the requirements of your business change.

Plus, there are options for a range of situations including food-grade dust curtains, options that repel insects, and dust curtains that reduce glare.

11. Reduces the Need for Expensive Dust Mitigation Solutions

Following on from the above point, the alternatives to dust control curtains are expensive. This includes building new walls or installing exhaust systems.

Installing dust curtains instead is the more cost-effective and flexible approach.

12. Takes Up a Minimal Amount of Space

Finally, while most dust curtains, including those we supply in Australia at Duraflex, are strong and durable, they are also thin so don’t take up much space in your facility.

In other words, dust curtains reduce the nuisance factor that dust often comes with.

Effective Dust and Contamination Control

Dust control curtains make it easy to create contamination-free areas in your facility. The above 12 benefits make dust curtains your best choice.