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Noise measurement and awareness at construction site – a case study

Mohd. Bakhori, Siti Nadia and Hassan, Mohamad Zaki and Ab’lah, Feiruz and Nausherwan, Aadil and Suhot, Mohd. Azlan and Daud, Mohd. Yusof and Sarip, Shamsul and Ismail, Zarini (2017) Noise measurement and awareness at construction site – a case study. Journal of Advanced Research Design, 31 (1). pp. 9-16. ISSN 2289-7984


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The construction industry is one of the major sectors in Malaysia. Apart from providing facilities, services and goods it also offers employment opportunities to local and foreign workers. In fact, the construction workers are exposed to high risk of noises being generated from various sources including excavators, bulldozers, concrete mixer and piling machines. Previous studies indicated that the piling and concrete work were recorded as the main source that contributed to the highest level of noise among others. Therefore, the aim of this study is to obtain the level of noise exposure during piling process and to determine the awareness of workers against noise pollution at the construction site. Initially, the reading of noise level was obtained at construction site by using a digital sound level meter (SLM) and noise exposure to the workers was mapped. Readings were taken from four different distances; 5, 10, 15 and 20 meters from the piling machine. Furthermore, a set of questionnaire was also distributed to assess the knowledge of regarding noise pollution at the construction site. The result showed that the mean noise level at 5 meters distance was more than 90 dB, which exceeded the recommended level. Although the level of awareness of regarding the effect of noise pollution is satisfactory but majority of workers (90%) still did not wear ear muffs during working periods. Therefore, the safety module guidelines related to noise pollution controls should be implemented to provide a safe working environment and prevent initial occupational hearing loss.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Construction noise, noise pollution, occupational noise and piling machine
Subjects:T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions:Razak School of Engineering and Advanced Technology
ID Code:80427
Deposited By: Fazli Masari
Deposited On:22 May 2019 06:44
Last Modified:22 May 2019 06:44

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