Product Safety: Are Acoustic Panels Safe for Workers and Users?

Product Safety: Are Acoustic Panels Safe for Workers and Users?

One of the main problems in today's workplaces is noise pollution. Constant noise pollution, from ringing phones to coworkers chatting, can impair focus and productivity. Fortunately, installing acoustic wall panels has proven to be a successful way to address this issue. But the question arises are they hazardous for workers' and consumers' health, and if so, do they pose any health risks? In this article, we will go through the tested scenarios for product safety at Olanglab. So without any delay, let's get started! 

 

Are Olanglab Acoustic Panels Harmful?

The environmental protection level specified as E0 indicates a high standard of environmental friendliness, with E0 being the lowest possible level of formaldehyde emissions from the materials.

The materials listed for the composition of the acoustic panels are Fabric, Acoustic PET, MDF Slat, PET Felt, Acoustic Foam, and Plywood Panel—which are commonly used in the manufacturing of acoustic panels, each serving a specific purpose in sound absorption and aesthetics.

Fabric: Often used as the outer covering, fabric provides a visually appealing finish and contributes to the panel's overall design.

Acoustic PET: This material, derived from recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate), is known for its sound-absorbing properties. Its use aligns with sustainability goals by repurposing recycled materials.

MDF Slat: Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) is a common material in acoustic panels, providing structural support and stability. The environmental impact may depend on the specific manufacturing processes and sourcing practices.

PET Felt: PET Felt, like Acoustic PET, is often used for its sound-absorbing qualities. It's made from recycled PET, contributing to the use of recycled materials in the panels.

Acoustic Foam: This is designed for sound absorption and is commonly used in acoustic treatment. It's important to ensure that the foam used complies with safety standards and is labeled as flame-retardant or fire-resistant.

Plywood Panel: A sturdy material that contributes to the structural integrity of the acoustic panel. The environmental impact may vary based on the sourcing and production methods of the plywood.

The listed materials and the E0 environmental protection level show that these are designed with a focus on minimizing environmental impact and formaldehyde emissions. 

 

What is the Disadvantage of the Acoustic Panel?

The sole drawback of acoustic panels is that, because of the materials used in their construction, they may not meet fire safety regulations. Certain panels may not be safe or appropriate in situations where there is a risk of fire because they emit smoke or chemicals when they burn.

Having said that, a large number of our products come with fire ratings and manufacturer-issued certificates, which ensure the material is not hazardous.

Fire Rating: SGS (ASTM E84 CLASS A); TUV (EN 13501 CLASS B) (Is Acoustic Treatment a Fire Hazard?, 2023)

 

Prioritizing Worker well-being

Prioritizing worker well-being is integral when considering the installation of acoustic panels. Acoustic panels, when handled and installed according to safety guidelines, are generally not hazardous for installation workers or users. It's crucial to choose panels that comply with safety standards, like Olatimber and Olart acoustic panels, are free from harmful materials, and provide adequate information on handling precautions.

During installation, workers should wear appropriate personal protective equipment and proper ventilation should be ensured if adhesives or sealants are used. 

For users, once installed, acoustic panels pose a minimal risk when properly maintained. It's essential to follow manufacturer recommendations for cleaning and maintenance to ensure the long-term well-being of both workers and users in spaces enhanced by acoustic treatment.

Select acoustic foam products that fulfill specific safety requirements or have received the necessary safety certifications. Seek certifications for low emissions, low toxicity, or adherence to safety standards. These certifications offer an additional degree of guarantee that the materials and products have undergone extensive testing and satisfy accepted safety standards.

 

Environmental Responsibility

Beyond the immediate safety concerns, considering the environmental impact of acoustic panels is part of responsible product usage. While acoustic boards are generally not hazardous waste, it's essential to follow local regulations for disposal. Opting for durable, long-lasting panels can reduce the frequency of disposal, aligning with sustainability goals.

 

FAQs

Are acoustic panels safe?

A: Yes, these are generally safe. Most of them are made from fire-resistant materials and designed to meet safety standards. It's essential to check the specifications of the specific panels you are considering to ensure they comply with safety regulations. Additionally, proper installation and maintenance are crucial for ensuring the safety of acoustic panels

 

Is acoustic foam a fire hazard?

A: They can be flammable, depending on the specific type and formulation. It's crucial to choose acoustic foam that complies with fire safety standards. Look for products that are labeled as flame-retardant or fire-resistant. The manufacturer is the one who should supply this information. Always follow safety guidelines and recommendations when using acoustic foam in any space.

 

Do acoustic panels work in the office?

A: Yes, it can be highly effective in office settings. Offices often have open layouts, hard surfaces, and a high level of ambient noise, which can lead to poor acoustics. Acoustic panels help absorb sound, reduce echoes, and create a more comfortable and productive work environment. Proper placement of panels, considering the specific acoustic needs of the office space, is essential for optimal effectiveness.

 

Is acoustic board hazardous waste?

A: Acoustic boards are typically not considered hazardous waste. However, the disposal of any material should be done following local regulations. If acoustic boards are made from materials that could be harmful to the environment, it's important to follow proper disposal procedures. Many acoustic panels are designed to be durable and long-lasting, reducing the need for frequent disposal. Olanglab products are environment friendly with protection levels up to E0.