There are 17,000 people in the UK suffering with hearing problems from excessive noise in the workplace. The importance as an employer to control noise is obvious.

What impact can noise have on a person?

Noise at work can cause effects which can be temporary or permanent including:

  • Irritation or anger, from sound levels from 35 decibels (dBa)
  • Nervousness, stress and interrupted concentration, from sound levels from 65dBa
  • Hearing impairment including damage to the inner ear, from 80dBa
  • Mechanical damage and complete deafness, from 120dBa upwards

Noise can be hard to avoid if you’re working in an environment with tools or machinery. While compressed air systems are not the main perpetrator, their input still adds to the noise levels.

Here are some ways to reduce the impact the noise from your compressor has on the workplace:

  • To reduce noise some stationary compressors have started to minimise the amount of moving parts. Many of CompAir‘s compressors including the Ultima and Quantima ranges, have very low noise levels compared to their size and power. This is a great benefit for when you want to use the compressors at point of use.
  • Consider the placement of your compressor; does you need to position in an area used a lot by workers? If possible move your compressors to a dedicated room. Then plan pipework to feed the application.
  • Or, you can place an acoustic barrier to between the source and the receiver to insulate part of the sound. To further reduce the sound level, attach absorbents to the barrier such as polyurethane foam or heavier cloth applications.
  • It may appear obvious and should never rely upon solely, but PPE plays a key role. Everyone working in the environment should be wearing appropriate PPE such as ear plugs or defenders to reduce the volume of noise.
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