Sound Pollution in the Construction Industry

Sound pollution, what’s that? Per the Environmental Pollution Centers, “Noise or sound pollution is generally defined as regular exposure to elevated sound levels that may lead to adverse effects in humans or other living organisms. According to the World Health Organization, sound levels less than 70 dB are not damaging to living organisms, regardless of how long or consistent the exposure is. Exposure for more than 8 hours to constant noise beyond 85 dB may be hazardous. If you work for 8 hours daily in close proximity to a busy road or highway, you are very likely exposed to traffic noise pollution around 85dB.” Sound pollution is a huge problem in the construction industry (e.g. noise produced while renovating, demolishing or creating a structure), and can contribute to a number of health concerns. Some of these health concerns include hearing loss, cardiovascular disease, stress and cognitive impairment. The industry is trying to change their current methods/machines to help lessen these effects, and keep their workers safer from sound pollution. Click here to read more about sound pollution, and current changes.

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