How You Can Ensure Your Employees Do Not Aquire Hearing Damage

Distinction Between Soundproofing And Sound Absorbing

Where many people use soundproofing and sound absorbing interchangeably, there is, in fact, a big distinction between the two.

Acquiring sound-absorbing materials may seem like the right choice, however, in an industry such as manufacturing, sound absorption will not stop loud machinery from releasing its sound.

Soundproofing works best to decrease or eliminate sounds altogether as they are designed specifically to stop sound from travelling.

Acoustic insulation is used extensively in the industrial sector as it is proven to limit or stop any noise from machinery which can be deafening.

Sound-absorbing materials are generally soft and light. They are used mainly to stop a space from echoing.

By increasing the amount of softness in space, this will improve the sound quality of the area, decreasing the reverberation.

Now where this type of technology helps those who want a linear sound quality in a room or space, this will not stop sound from travelling outside of this space, especially if the sound is coming from a loud industrial machine.

Where sound absorption works best in places such as music recording booths, soundproofing works far better in places such as factories.

Soundproofing can be done either on the machine or pipes, or a soundproof room can be designed.

Soundproofing is the use of materials which are designed to stop a sound from moving in any direction.

These materials are usually heavy and dense, made to block sound from escaping any structure or machinery.

Acoustic insulation techniques stop hard surfaces from coming into contact or allowing sound to bounce between them.

This helps in terms of stopping high-frequency sounds from vibrating at a high rate.

This type of acoustic insulation is focused on stopping any form of industrial machinery from affecting employees in terms of hearing damage or just the overall comfortability.

Another use of soundproofing technology is the use of materials inside of the wall as to stop sound travelling outside of the factory.

This is also used to create rooms, where machines which are extremely loud, will be better placed in these spaces.

If soundproofing is what you are looking for, especially if you own a business in the industrial field, you should think about contacting Vedder and Moffat.

The Differences Between Thermal And Acoustic Insulation

Now that we understand what acoustic insulation is, there is a difference between Vedder and Moffat’s acoustic insulation and their thermal insulation.

We have discussed acoustic insulation, however, thermal insulation is another service provided.

Thermal insulation is done in order to stop the amount of heat expulsion from equipment and machinery which produces a large quantity of heat at a dangerous level for anyone around it.

Therefore, thermal insulation stops the transfer of heat as soundproofing stops the transfer of sound.

Thermal insulation has been used for a number of years as it is not only effective in terms of its execution in stopping heat from flowing, it also cuts down the need for air conditioning equipment which would be used to decrease the heat from the object.

Not only would air conditioners be used to decrease the heat from the machine, but it would also be used to decrease the amount of heat in the space.

Thermal insulation works to limit the need for such cooling equipment which in turn decreases the amount of expenditure.

This also adds to the demand to decrease one’s carbon footprint. The less cooling systems you use, the less energy you will be using which will help in decreasing the impact on the environment.

Locating a thermal insulation and soundproofing Johannesburg company may seem difficult, however, Vedder and Moffat can provide you with the most reliable and efficient service.

Thermal insulation is a huge benefit especially if you are using a lot of equipment which transfers high rates of heat in a space.

Too much heat can be very dangerous, not only in terms of the fact that people can be injured, but there are health implications such as heart strain which comes with working in extremely hot conditions.

How Industrial Noise Is Soundproofed

Acoustic insulation helps to prevent and reduce the amount of workplace subjection to high frequency and loud noises.

The use of soundproofing is focused more on ensuring that employees are not working in conditions where they are in uncomfortable positions which leads them to be less productive and under a lot of strain.

Noise is one of the biggest worries that bosses in the industrial sector focus on as it can highly dangerous for those working in the space and under the conditions.
Your health is at risk in a number of ways but also with too much noise focus can be lost, mistakes can happen and accidents can occur.

Soundproofing is vital as it allows workers to remain focused and limit the number of dangers which could materialise.

These materials are needed specifically for the industrial field, which has a lot of machinery which could lead to a number of unfortunate events.

Although there are regulations with how much noise pollution a single factory can make, the fact remains that regardless of this, the right thing to do is use soundproofing to limit the amount of noise you are producing.

This is especially important when you are using a number of machines which produce high-frequency sounds as this has an effect on humans and animals.

Acoustic insulation can be done in a fairly short amount of time, this means that your production efficiency will not be affected in a big way.

There are acoustic insulation materials which are designed specifically for certain machines and certain sized factories.

On the other hand, custom acoustic insulation can be done in order to fit your factories needs.

There are also portable options which can be used in temporary situations.

On top of this specially designed rooms can be developed with soundproofing installed in order to contain major sound-producing machines.

In some cases, sound absorption can be used in conjunction with soundproofing as it will benefit the entire space as a whole.

Both sound-absorbing and soundproofing can be used in order to ensure that sound and reverberation levels are kept to an all-time low.

Both of these methods will decrease the amount of exposure to high levels of sound.

Being able to limit the amount of prolonged exposure to a sound helps workers do their job to the best of their ability.

The limit which humans are able to tolerate is around 140 dB, anything above this will require your business to install acoustic insulation.

A person’s physical and mental health is at risk if soundproofing measures are not taken seriously.

Vedder and Moffat have worked on developing high-quality acoustic insulation for industrial needs and are confident in the fact that they can help decrease and stop the amount of sound exposure.

The Effects Of High Noise Exposure

Soundproofing Johannesburg helps to stop high levels of noise from affecting individuals working in such conditions.

Where we have spoken about noise is detrimental to one’s health, both physically and mentally, we have not explored this.

It is important to understand why acoustic insulation is important and how it helps, before going out and finding a supplier and installer of such.

These workplace noise exposures do not stop affecting you once you leave work, in fact, they can have effects on you for hours, possibly days.

These are the effects which high levels of noise have on your mental and physical health:

  • It can cause hearing loss
  • Talking can become affected
  • Decrease the amount of concentration you have
  • Sleep patterns can be influenced
  • Increase in the feeling of tiredness and irritability
  • Immune system response decreases
  • Chance of heart disease increases

These are a few of the negative effects which soundproofing can prevent.

On top of this, we see that continuous noise can impact one’s blood pressure, stress levels increase the risk of a stroke and stomach ulcers.

Noise is not simply something which can annoy someone, it can cause actual physical damage.

Dull hearing, as well as your ears ringing, are two signs which indicate that the noise levels are having a direct effect on your hearing.

Of course, there is short term hearing loss and long term hearing loss, the worst case of such is permanent hearing damage.

Acoustic insulation can prevent this as well as preventing short term and long term hearing loss, as well as the danger of individuals going deaf, as a result of constant exposure to high levels of noise.

A sure-fire way to know if you are in a position to lose your hearing is if you need to raise your voice when standing about one metre away from someone in a noisy environment.

If your hearing sounds dulled down or your ears are ringing when you remove yourself from a noise-filled space, this could indicate that you are in a place that could damage your hearing.

Depending on the frequency, noise can also affect the ability to concentrate on tasks, which of course will affect the way in which workers do their tasks.

Ensuring Noise Pollution Is Decreased

Noise pollution affects the overall efficiency of employees and is quite dangerous not only for humans but also for animals which are in the nearby area.

Soundproofing helps in terms of the fact that it will eliminate noise from machines, helping all parties concerned.

If you are not sure whether you need to use acoustic insulation the best thing to do is check if the noise which is being emitted is above 140 dB.

One thing which can be done is to look for equipment which may do the same function as the previous, while also being less noisy.

Of course, this is a solution, however, the cost it will take to replace machinery will be high.

A better plan is to move the machinery and equipment into a more secluded space in the factory as it will limit the amount of noise into a small section.

Where this may work, the noise will still be prevalent.

Have quiet spaces where employees can work and also rest during break time to limit exposure to noise.

This is a good idea and regardless of you choose to use soundproofing or not, this should be done as it will allow workers to ease their minds.

Another solution is to use these high-level noise equipment during the beginning and end of the day. Where this may work, demands for production are high and this might decrease the supply you have available.

Finally, ear muffs and plugs can be used to decrease how much exposure is being taken in.

This should be done regardless of which option you choose.

Placing equipment in far areas, developing quiet spaces and using earmuffs and plugs will work to decrease exposure.

However, soundproofing fixes the problem altogether, as there is no need for any moving or developing of spaces.

Acoustic insulation will fix the problem in a short period of time and it allows you to carry on production as quickly as possible.

On top of this, there is no need for constant monitoring of noise levels and how these levels are affecting your staff.

Using soundproofing techniques alleviates the stress of having to constantly seek different temporary measures in order to appease your staff and ensure that their safety is kept in check.

By simply using soundproofing, you will be ensuring safety and production levels at the same time.

Contact Vedder & Moffat For More Information

If you are looking to ensure that your machines are not affecting your employee’s comfort and production levels, look into using Vedder and Moffat’s acoustic insulation services. Contact Vedder & Moffat for more information.

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