Too much noise can make you ill - a common issue at the workplace. Excessive noise emissions can damage your hearing and your autonomic nervous system. A number of measures can help mitigate these issues, like using quiet wheels and castors on transport trolleys in industrial and commercial settings. We provide a number of different versions with special tread specifically for this purpose.
According to the Federal Environment Agency, “[t]he right to life and physical integrity guaranteed in the German constitution applies without restriction in all situations - that includes employees at work.” However, this doesn’t quite reflect the situation in the real world: According to a report published by the Federal Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs, there were around 13,000 reported cases of noise-induced hearing loss in Germany in 2017. 6,849 of these cases were determined to be work-related.
The Federal Environment Agency recommends implementing a variety of different measures for the purpose of noise reduction. These include “technical measures at the source and quieter working methods.” The latter can be achieved using solutions which at first glance seem to have no direct connection to noise reduction - like using wheels and castors with particularly low noise treads on transport trolleys. “Users frequently use loud castors with a hard tread because they think that softer treads have a lower load capacity and higher running resistances,” explains Matthias Hellstern, Product Manager at Blickle. This is actually not the case, as demonstrated by the special materials in the company’s portfolio, all of which have proven their worth in a number of different applications. “People frequently underestimate the impact of wheels and castors. But they actually have a significant influence on noise emissions when goods are being transported,” says Hellstern. Depending on the trolley and the goods which are being transported, the noise produced by the wheels can be increased many times over.