Diamond drilling is much less noisy than other methods of drilling and demolition. It is mainly machinery like hammer drills that tend to cause most disruption for neighbours and those in the surrounding vicinity. You may be wondering why noise control is important, but due to the vast amount of noise pollution and disruption caused, it can’t be ignored; actions must be taken in order to control and reduce sound levels.

Why noise pollution must be controlled

  • Residents living nearby can find the noise a nuisance and it can ultimately affect their lifestyle.
  • Health and hearing problems, such as tinnitus, depression and sleeping problems, can be the result of excessive noise exposure.
  • Vibrations can spread further than you think, affecting more than just immediate neighbours.

Health and safety

Like all businesses, there are health and safety rules and regulations that must be considered when taking on any job. It may be surprising to some, but noise control is a large topic, not only for those in the surrounding area but for the individual completing the job. Unfortunately for construction workers, they will face much more noise than most other jobs today. This being said, there are steps, such as wearing headphones, that can be taken in order to reduce the overbearing noise, and harsh repercussions. If safety precautions are not taken seriously, constant or semi-regular subjection to excessive noise is more than likely to cause tinnitus, which can lead to sleep deprivation and depression.

Diamond drilling

A diamond drill’s name comes from the the rotary diamond drill bit attached. Being the hardest material in the world, this is easily the best and most versatile tool to use during any building work. It can be used on all sorts of materials including concrete, stone, tiles, glass and metal; because of it’s diamond drill bit it can create perfect, clear-cut holes. Luckily for construction workers the drill bit is precise, meaning there’s less chance to damage anything vital when drilling. The diamond drill has water flowing through the driving shaft, thus permitting a dust-free environment which can help keep your health in check. Not only is it good for the majority of jobs regarding construction, but it’s lightweight, easy to transport and generates much less noise than most other drills used in in this field.

Guidelines for construction noise pollution

Established hours – construction must take place between 8am-6pm Monday to Friday, 8am-1pm Saturday and no construction is to take place on Sundays.

Establish noise impacts – it’s probably obvious but construction noise is unavoidable. However, it can be controlled by:

  • Quiet machinery (diamond drills)
  • Acoustic covers and barriers
  • Switching off machinery not in use

It is important to keep noise to a minimum but a notice must also be issued to alert anyone who may be affected nearby. This must include what machinery will be used, the hours it will take place, the level of noise and any changes that may occur during the procedure.

Drilltec’s Advice

Although there are a lot of things to consider during drilling and demolition work, it’s easy to control and soften the noise being emitted. Diamond drills are ideal for keeping noise pollution at bay – not only will it provide you with a quieter environment, but will also save you from any harmful dust. If you need more advice, please seek help from one of our friendly experts today!