Construction Site Noise & Health and Safety Training
Our collection of Construction Site Health and Safety Articles provides a large number of examples of the countless dangers which exist on a construction site. These hazards can not only affect those who are working on the site, but also other groups who may access the construction site either with permission such as site visitors, or unauthorised access such as children who sneak on the site when nobody is around. This is why not only is construction site health and safety training courses necessary for those working on the site in order to prevent accidents and injuries, such as a NEBOSH Construction Certificate course for instance, but suitable security and prevention measures need to be put into place to prevent access to the site for those who should not be there. This includes those who may inadvertently wander onto the site without realising it such as those people walking a dog and accidentally enter a sprawling construction site which does not have an appropriate security fence erected around it.
Construction Site Noise
One such issue which is associated with a construction site is that of noise. Although it will mostly only pose a danger to those on the site who are located close the source of the noise (usually machinery), if it is exceptionally loud it may also have the capability to damage the hearing of nearby members of the public, although this will be quite rare as suitable fencing should mean they are prevented from getting close enough to the demolition or construction activities to be at risk from noise.
Much more common is the potential for this site noise to cause irritation and annoyance to those living or working nearby. Whilst it might not cause damage to hearing, it can still cause other health issues such as stress as the disruption and distress caused by the noise increases stress and anger levels.
Other Health and Safety Issues Related to Noise
Activities which create noise will nearly always have other risks to health and safety associated with them apart from the potential to damage hearing.
For example noisy machinery such as pneumatic drills will not only create a noise issue, but the actions which produce the sound such as striking the hard ground will create other health and safety issues such as the possibility to injure feet through operating the machine, as well as hazardous substances/coshh dangers through dust produced which can be inhaled or cause eye irritation to people situation over quite a large radius.