Industrial noise is still a big problem for industry in the UK and around the world but thanks to advancements in high-quality soundproofing materials, it’s now easier than ever to protect your employees from noise damage.
What is Industrial Noise?
Industrial noise is typically any noise that comes from work environments. It can include a number of things from equipment and machinery to general vehicle noise. If your employees have to shout to hear each other or use tools for more than 30 minutes a day, then it’s important to give them a quiet space to get away from noise during breaks.
Industrial noise can be incredibly loud and disruptive even from a distance, so may affect more than the immediate workforce and as such reducing noise levels at source is a key part of any businesses noise reduction strategy.
How Harmful is Industrial Noise?
The long-term effects of industrial noise are surprisingly harmful. Many workers find that after months or years of constant exposure, their hearing suffers significant and irreversible damage. It’s not always a quick or painful loss, which means the true effects can be masked for years.
A Government study from 2016 revealed that over a three year period, around 62 workers out of 100,000 suffered from noise-induced hearing loss that dramatically affected their lives. In 2015 alone, there were one hundred new claims to the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit scheme.
Whilst this figure is going down more still needs to be done to prevent full and semi hearing loss in industrial workers who have no choice but to be exposed to consistently loud machinery. Industrial noise doesn’t always just result in minor hearing loss, for some the effects can be permanently disabling.
How can GRP help to Prevent Industrial Noise?
While eliminating noise completely simply isn’t possible it can be significantly reduced. Aucostic glass reinforced plastic (GRP), can be used for housings, kiosks and enclosures and can minimise noise at source.
GRP offers superior acoustic protection compared to metal or standard plastic due to its multi-layer features. Depending on your needs, multiple layers of sound eliminating material can be added to GRP to achieve a preferred level of noise reduction.
Why Kingsley Plastics GRP Acoustic Enclosures?
Kingsley Plastics acoustic kiosks, enclosures and housings are highly suitable for preventing noise-related hearing damage in the workplace. All buildings can be crafted to meet the specific requirements of a business and come in modular form for easy encapsulation of even large structures.
All of our housings are tested to a high standard to ensure they meet UK regulations as well as customer needs. Our high-quality GRP has been used in a number of industries from construction to electricity and gas sectors.
Hearing loss from industrial noise is no joke for the people it affects, so don’t leave it to chance. Find out more about our designed to order GRP enclosures and how easy it is to prevent the risk of hearing loss and damage at your place of work.