Around 30 Million US workers are exposed to hazardous noise in the workplace, which makes it vital that your employees know about the hazards of excessive sound levels – and if and what kind of hearing protection they may need
Let employees know that according to OSHA regulations (29 CFR 1910.95), you will be conducting audiometric testing for employees whose exposures equal or exceed the action level, which is an 8-hour time-weighted average of 85 decibels or a dose of fifty percent. Within 6 months of an employee’s first exposure at or above the action level, they will get a valid baseline audiogram against which subsequent audiograms can be compared.
If testing shows that workers are exposed at or above OSHA’s action level, they will be provided with appropriate hearing protection. Review the types of hearing protection with your employees:
In order for hearing protection to be the most effective, workers must follow the manufacturers’ instructions and safety procedures. Generally, workers need to:
Ultimately, the degree of hearing hazard is related to both the level of the noise as well as to the duration of the exposure. However, this determination is like asking how long can people look at the sun without damaging their eyes. The safest thing to do is to ensure that workers always protect their ears by wearing hearing protectors any time they are working in hazardous sound levels.Why It Matters