04 May, 2023

The Impact

During construction and demolition projects, dust, noise, and vibration can impact the environment. These impacts can negatively affect human health, wildlife, and ecosystems. Therefore, it is essential to implement environmental monitoring solutions during such projects.

We asked Nick Browne to discuss the three main environmental pollutants, Dust, Noise and Vibration.


Dust is a significant concern in construction sites because it can cause respiratory problems and allergic reactions in humans. It can also affect wildlife and ecosystems by reducing air quality and interfering with soil and water quality. Dust monitoring can help to identify the sources and levels of dust emissions and take measures to control them. This can be achieved by installing dust monitoring equipment and regularly assessing the depositional and directional data patterns to determine the effectiveness of dust control measures.


Noise is another significant concern in and around construction sites. Noise monitoring is the measurement and analysis of noise levels. It is important for construction projects to adhere to required noise levels from both legal and safety perspectives. It can cause hearing loss, tinnitus, and other health problems. Noise pollution can also affect wildlife and ecosystems by disrupting communication, feeding, and breeding patterns. Noise monitoring can help to identify areas where noise levels exceed the legal limits and take measures to reduce them. This can be achieved by using noise monitoring equipment and implementing noise control measures such as erecting barriers or using low-noise equipment.


Vibration is a third environmental impact that can affect the quality of life for those living near construction sites. Vibration can cause damage to buildings, infrastructure, and other structures. It can also cause discomfort and disturbance to people living nearby. Vibration levels can be monitored at construction sites where demolition and refurbishments are taking place, as well as high precision machinery installations. Vibration monitoring can help identify areas where vibration levels exceed legal limits and help take measures to reduce them. This can be achieved by using vibration monitoring equipment and implementing vibration control measures such as reducing the speed of heavy equipment or using damping materials.

Legal Requirements

In addition to the health and environmental concerns associated with dust, noise, and vibration, there are also legal requirements for environmental monitoring in the UK construction industry. The UK government has implemented legislation such as the Control of Pollution Act 1974, the Environmental Protection Act 1990, and the Noise and Statutory Nuisance Act 1993, which requires construction companies to monitor and control environmental impacts.


In conclusion, environmental monitoring of dust, noise, and vibration is essential for the UK construction industry. It helps to identify and control the environmental impacts associated with construction activities, reduces health risks for workers and nearby residents, protects wildlife and ecosystems, and ensures compliance with legal requirements. By implementing effective monitoring and control measures, the construction industry can continue to develop and provide essential infrastructure while minimizing its environmental impact.


To find out about the environmental monitoring services available at CTS, visit HERE.