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7/31/2018 - Noise Exposure

Noise is unwanted sound, especially in the workplace; however, community noise is also unwanted. Noise can interfere with communication and cause accidents ...

Noise Exposure

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Noise Exposure

 

Slope it. Shore it. Shield it.
Colin J. Brigham

Noise is unwanted sound, especially in the workplace; however, community noise is also unwanted. Noise can interfere with communication and cause accidents to workers. In order to determine if there is a noise problem in the workplace, a walk-through of the premises to identify potential sources should be conducted. There are many indicators of potentially hazardous noise levels and 1Source can assist your company with noise surveys.

There are many benefits related to using ISO 45001 as a benchmark for your health and safety program. There are similarities in approach of this standard with ISO 14001, Environmental Management System - Requirements with Guidance for Use. The ISO Integrated Management System article below addresses its approach and benefits.

For more information on both workplace and community noise surveys and assessments please reach out to Colin J. Brigham, CIH, CSP at cbrigham@1ssh.com, or by phone at 610.524.5525 x24.

Sincerely,
Colin J. Brigham, CIH, CSP, CPE, CPEA, CSPHP
VP Safety Management & Ergonomics


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Simply stated, noise is unwanted sound. It is well documented that as sound levels increase so does hearing loss. Additionally, noise can interfere with communication which can result in accidents (particularly around moving equipment). Workplace noise also contributes to reduced productivity and increased error rates. A workplace noise survey, testing or evaluation can help mitigate risk exposure due to noise.

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Occupational Noise Exposure

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Twenty-two million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise at work each year. Last year, U.S. business paid more than $1.5 million in penalties for not protecting workers from noise. While it's impossible to put a number to the human toll of hearing loss, an estimated $242 million is spent annually on workers' compensation for hearing loss disability.

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Health Effects of Noise Exposure

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Exposure to high levels of noise can cause permanent hearing loss. Neither surgery nor a hearing aid can help correct this type of hearing loss. Short term exposure to loud noise can also cause a temporary change in hearing (your ears may feel stuffed up) or a ringing in your ears (tinnitus).

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