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Noise Pollution and Control in Wood Mechanical Processing Wood Industries

  1. Forestry and Wood Technology, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria
  2. Forestry Technology Department, Federal College of Forestry, Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria
  3. College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria
Version 1 : Received: 30 August 2016 / Approved: 31 August 2016 / Online: 31 August 2016 (09:03:57 CEST)

How to cite: Owoyemi, M.; Falemara, B.; Owoyemi, A. Noise Pollution and Control in Wood Mechanical Processing Wood Industries. Preprints 2016, 2016080236 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201608.0236.v1). Owoyemi, M.; Falemara, B.; Owoyemi, A. Noise Pollution and Control in Wood Mechanical Processing Wood Industries. Preprints 2016, 2016080236 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201608.0236.v1).

Abstract

High level of noise is a disturbance to the human environment. Noise in industries is also an occupational hazard because of its attendant effects on workers’ health. Noise presents health and social problems in industrial operations, and the source is related to the machineries used in the industries. One of the unique features of the noise associated with wood machinery is the level of exposure and duration. Equipment used in a factory can be extremely loud. They can produce noise at decibels high enough to cause environmental health and safety concerns. The mechanically driven transport and handling equipment, cutting, milling, shaping and dust extractor installations in the wood industry generate noise. The sources of noise pollution have increased due to non-compliance with basic safety practices. The increased use of locally fabricated machine in the industry has increased the level of noise and vibration. The effects of industrial noise pollution as discussed include: increase in blood pressure; increased stress; fatigue; vertigo; headaches; sleep disturbance; annoyance; speech problems; dysgraphia, which means reading/learning impairment; aggression; anxiety and withdrawal. As presented in this paper, noise control techniques include; sound insulation, sound absorption, vibration damping and Vibration isolation.

Subject Areas

noise pollution; mechanical wood industries; equipment; control

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