Noise management: vacuum cleaner

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Employee / workerEmployer

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. 

Noise control

  • 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. 

Operator control

  • 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.


Fact sheet
Last updated 21 May 2014

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