This educational article has been developed to assist in the management of noise from vacuum cleaners.
- Have the vacuum cleaner checked regularly for basic electrical safety and worn parts such as bearings and brushes in the motor assembly. This should be performed by a licensed electrician.
- Check hoses and fittings for air leaks that create whistling noises.
- On larger machines check for vibrating or rattling parts.
- A longer hose (if available as an accessory) will distance the operator from the vacuum cleaner, lowering the noise received at the operator's ear.
- Avoid using vacuum cleaners in sensitive areas such as offices or reception areas when they are at their "peak period". Reschedule the work for another time.
- Select a quieter model of vacuum cleaner. For some brands have noise levels of 77 dB(A) when in good condition, compared to noisier models which produce up to 86 dB(A).
- Select a brand of vacuum cleaner that is serviceable, has spare parts available and can be repaired by the local electrician.
- Use a manual carpet sweeper or broom.
Adapted from the Noise Control Manual for Schools with the permission of the Education Department of Western Australia.