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.