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Workplace Noise

Monday, May 8, 2017
Workplace Noise


Colin J. Brigham
Colin J. Brigham, VP
Safety Management & Ergonomics

Today I'd like to share with you some information about workplace noise. It is well documented that as sound levels increase so does hearing loss as well as other undesirable health effects which can lead to accidents.

The professionals at 1Source Safety and Health have the experience and expertise to quantitate employee noise exposures for OSHA compliance as well as community noise emissions from facilities that have significant noise generating sources such as cooling towers, vehicle traffic, ventilation and dust collectors, grinding equipment etc...

Please feel free to e-mail me and we can set aside some time to discuss how we can help with your workplace sound compliance, or any other risk management or OSHA requirement.

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

Workplace Noise Surveys, Testing and Evaluations

Workplace Noise Surveys, Testing and Evaluations

Simply stated, noise is unwanted sound. It is well documented that as sound levels increase so does hearing loss as well as other undesirable health effects. Additionally, noise can interfere with communication which can result in accidents (particularly around moving equipment), reduced productivity, and increased error rates.

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Occupational Noise Exposure

Occupational Noise Exposure

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). These short-term problems may go away within a few minutes or hours after leaving the noise.

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Hearing Conservation

Hearing Conservation

Hearing conservation programs strive to prevent initial occupational hearing loss, preserve and protect remaining hearing, and equip workers with the knowledge and hearing protection devices necessary to safeguard themselves. Employers are required to measure noise levels; provide free annual hearing exams, hearing protection, and training; and conduct evaluations of the adequacy of the hearing protectors in use.

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