November 2007

Special Report: Plant Safety and Environment

Noise pollution in refineries

This often overlooked problem is manageable

Bhaskararao, B. K., MVGR College of Engineering

N?oise is made up of unacceptable, unsystematic sounds that create annoyance, distractions and diversions. Occasionally physical damages to health and property are reported. Noise identified accidents are prevalent in workplaces¡ªsuch as factories, mines, the aviation industry, hydrocarbon processing industry¡ªand in haphazard uncontrollable peak-time traffic. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, noise is one of four leading occupational problems and is also responsible for low productivity. The effect that noise has is not always immediately assessable as in the case of other pollutants, such as a chlorine leak, oil spillage, explosio

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