Tyre Deflation Noise Reduction Leading Practice

The Tyre Deflation Noise Reduction Simple Leading Practice is a practice which primarily focuses on the mitigation of the noise exposure risk of employees performing tyre maintenance work on or around mobile equipment. This is achieved through the isolation of the noise source position and remotely releasing it further away from the employee’s potential exposure position/zone.

Making use of the Tyre Deflation Noise Reduction Simple Leading Practice can have vast noise exposure reduction benefits (the noise emitted from deflating mobile equipment tyres could be reduced from approximately 114.0dB(A), down to approximately 68.0dB(A)), through the application of simple and cost-effective systems which could be easily integrated in the routine tyre maintenance programme.

Additional benefits of the Simple Leading Practice includes

  • Reduction in mobile plant downtime due to faster deflation duration
  • Reductions in the occupational health exposures (noise and airborne pollutants)
  • Reduction in eye injuries due to trajected particles, as well as a reduction in hand and associated injuries from the unexpected release of stored energy

Case study

Tyre deflation noise reduction simple leading practice adoption success story

It was indicated during the launch of the remote tyre deflation simple leading practice that employees are exposed to noise emissions that are greater than the required OHS milestone during the process of tyre deflation. Khwezela embarked on a process of quantifying the level of noise exposed to employees during the deflation of various tyre sizes used on the mine to determine whether the noise risk is applicable to the mine.
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