Adding to the Noise: Common Sources of Noise Pollution

architectureNoise pollution is one problem that affects everyone, almost every day, without them realizing it. Sometimes, people become so accustomed to high levels of noise that they can’t differentiate the acceptable volume level from the dangerous ones anymore.

Fortunately, there are ways to counter this dilemma. One is by identifying the common culprits in producing excessively loud sound. Especially if you are managing a busy workplace, you must always employ noise risk assessment to determine occupational noise sources to figure out the right level of sound and the equipment you should use sparingly.

Take these items into careful account. You might be surprised that some seemingly innocuous tools or equipment are already endangering your aural health.

Loud Speakers

When it comes to noise pollutants, speakers are usually the suspects. While it can call the attention of anyone in the immediate area effectively, excessive exposure to it can cause permanent hearing damages. People who work in bars and restaurants with frequent musical performance often bear the brunt of this noise.

Transportation Vehicles

Cars are notorious noisemakers. They create almost all the annoying sounds available, from engine noise to the blowing of horns. It’s no wonder traffic jams are the common hot spots of high levels of noise pollution. Those who are often on the road like truck drivers and frequent travellers suffer the most from this problem.

Jet Engines, Industrial and Construction Machineries

For those who work in the aviation industry, excessive noise is part and parcel of their occupation. Still, it is alarming to note that there those who are in constant danger of damaging their hearing. The permissible exposure limit for a common worker in an 8-hour job is 90 DBA. In contrast, the sound of a jet taking off registers at 120-130 DBA, just 10 rungs behind the human threshold of pain.

Likewise, those who are working with industrial or construction machineries are in greater risk. Without proper noise-cancelling equipment like ear plugs, they might lose their hearing in no time.

Telephones and Mobile Phones

Telephones and mobile phones are noise pollutants too. Imagine an office setting dealing with off shoring business operations. People there usually are overwhelmed with telephone calls and teleconferencing all day. This constant noise disturbance can compromise the employees’ ability to hear, over time.

A workplace that is free of any safety hazards is not a figment of imagination. It is achievable, particularly if the whole company works together for that same goal. These noise pollutants are just minor obstacles. With an effective noise risk assessment, you can rise above the noise.

About the Author

As a psychology professor at a university in Texas. Athrun also teaches at a personality development institute in the same state.