Tips for Managing Noise, Dust, and Mud on Site

Construction sites are always the sources of dust, mud, and noise. This is due to the fact that the equipments used in constructions are mostly noisy, and the concrete as well as earth movements produce a lot of dust that turns into mud when water enters the site. However, sites do not necessarily have to remain noisy, dusty, and muddy. You can build certain good practices, like fencing in the site, in order to keep the surroundings clean.

Controlling Noise

Noise is produced due to some types of construction equipments like drills. Noise in a construction site cannot be removed, but it can be reduced by using electrical equipment, or those which produce less noise. Wherever possible, parts of the construction should be completed outside the site and later adjusted in place. Regular maintenance of your machines will ensure that they are not unnecessarily noisy. Use of walkie-talkies also reduces the need to shout at each other and thus is effective in controlling noise. It is also a good practice not to perform noisy work on Sundays or any bank holidays. It is best to keep the noisy work restricted to the period between 9 am and 6 pm on weekdays.

Preventing the Spread of Dust and Mud

The creation of dust on a construction site is inevitable. But that does not mean that there are no ways to stop it from spreading. Moving earth, drilling, and cement works can produce dust. When water mixes with this dust, it creates mud. Creation and spreading of mud can be controlled by having procedures in place to control the dust. Dust can be suppressed in the following ways:

● Having dust screens on vehicles entering and leaving the site

● Cleaning up dust immediately so that it does not spread

● Dampening down places where dust was created

● Minimizing the drop heights of loading and unloading vehicles

● Installing wheel washers to prevent muddy deposits on the access roads

● If you need to do any demolition operations, you should use filtration methods on the rig, and remove any loose materials before blasting the area.

● If your construction is going to create dust continuously, then you should employ the process of misting the area to prevent the spread of dust.

Controlling of wastes produced due to construction is another good practice and can be done by minimizing the ordered materials to just as much as needed, avoiding changes in design, minimizing goods damage and increasing communication between workers. A proper control structure in place can make any construction site less of a nightmare.