Dangers of High Noise Levels in Industrial Facilities

Noise levels of 85 decibels or higher can cause hearing loss, while also presenting a distraction for workers that can result in other injuries. Thankfully, facilities can use sound deadening curtains that sufficiently prevent loud noises from escaping designated work areas. Here’s a closer look at the specific dangers associated with high noise levels in the workplace.

Hearing Loss

The most obvious harm that loud noises can cause is loss of hearing. Sound levels at 85 decibels or greater can cause irreversible ear damage to workers without realizing it until it’s too late. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends that exposure to sound levels of 90 dBA be kept to eight hours or less to avoid hearing damage. They also recommend that employees avoid daily exposure of more than 15 minutes to noises reaching 100 dBA.

Equipment Damage

Reverberations from loud noises can cause vibrations that dislodge equipment or cause it to fall off of surfaces, potentially causing hundreds to thousands of dollars of damage to machinery. This can also cause harm to nearby workers who don’t have time to react.

Distractions and Decreased Productivity

Another potential danger with loud industrial noise is a high level of distraction. If high noise levels bother employees, they may not be able to focus as well on their tasks, reducing overall productivity, and this distraction can also result in mistakes that may cause harm to workers. Finding a way to reduce noise levels and allow employees to work undistracted can further improve workplace safety.

Using Sound Reducing Curtains

Sound deadening curtains are an effective and relatively inexpensive solution for issues regarding high noise levels. Unlike permanent wall constructions, they’re ideal for applications requiring temporary closing off of specific spaces, while allowing employees to change configurations based on changing workspace layouts.

Ultimately, using heavy-duty sound reducing curtains can keep employees from harm and equipment protected from damage.

curtains being used to deter high noise in industrial facility

Steel Guard Safety Sound Deadening Curtains

Create a fully customized soundproof curtain system with the many options we provide. Our curtains are constructed with five layers of waterproof and chemical-resistant vinyl and fiberglass materials, with flexibility that allows workers to simply move curtains in and out of the way. Choose from multiple types of roller track systems to create small work cells or large divided work areas within a facility. Our curtains are also available with PVC work-view windows that are as soundproof as completely opaque models, giving employees visibility in work areas.

Contact Steel Guard Safety for more details about our sound deadening curtain products, and we’ll help you start designing a curtain system that’s suitable for your facility. If you would like curtain walls for protection in welding environments, temperature-sensitive warehouses, or other types of industrial facilities, we also offer industrial curtain wall solutions for these applications. Each of our curtain wall products is easy to install, and we provide warranties as well.

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