Loud noise in the workplace can be problematic, causing physical and psychological stress, preventing effective communication, reducing productivity, and contributing to accidents. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), more than two million people are exposed to excessive noise at work, which is the second most common reason for employers making insurance claims for occupational health.
In warehouses, industrial castors and wheels can be in constant operation and play a vital role in the fast and efficient movement of stock. However, friction between the tyre and floor surface, poor shock absorption, or components coming loose can produce excessive noise with significant consequences for warehouse staff and the business:
Impacts On Health And Safety
If warehouse staff are regularly exposed to high levels of noise, their health and wellbeing can be adversely affected. Hearing loss, stress, tinnitus, high blood pressure, heart disease, and sleep disturbance are all potential side effects. Also, if workers cannot communicate effectively because of loud noises, important warnings may be missed, leading to accidents.
Optimum productivity depends on workers being able to focus on the task in-hand. If they are distracted by the noise of trolley wheels or castors, they may lose concentration and make mistakes. Scientists have discovered that loud intermittent noises can affect cognitive performance, making it harder for workers to complete simple arithmetic or recall important information. Noise pollution directly affects productivity levels, resulting in substandard work, sluggish warehouse operations, and delays in order fulfilment.
In many countries, laws regulate noise pollution and define the workplace standards that protect workers and the local community. In the UK, the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 requires employers to prevent or minimise the risks to workers by controlling excessive noise. Failure to comply can lead to fines, legal action, and reputation damage for the company.
How Rolltek Can Help
For many years, Rolltek International has supported numerous industries to reduce the transmitted noise associated with mobile equipment, including the retail, automotive, and distribution sectors.
Our Quiet Mark products meet local and national government requirements and, by reducing noise, enable retailers and distribution centres to make deliveries and collections from within urban and inner-city areas during unsocial hours.
Rolltek, with the support of the UK Noise Abatement Society, are proud of these successes in designing, developing, producing, and supplying components and uniquely designed low noise castors, ensuring a significant reduction in noise output and weight, and achieving new industry standards.
Find Out More Today
To find out more about our range of low noise castors and wheels for warehouses, please get in touch with Rolltek International on 01788 229400 or click here to contact us today.