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Workplace Noise Surveys

Thursday, May 27, 2021
Workplace Noise Surveys

 

Young Workers Summber Job Safety
Colin J. Brigham

Simply stated, noise is unwanted sound.

It is well documented that as sound levels increase so does hearing loss. Additionally, occupational noise, or noise in the workplace, can interfere with communication which can result in accidents (particularly around moving equipment).

Workplace or industrial noise also contributes to reduced productivity and increased error rates. A workplace or industrial noise survey, testing or evaluation can help mitigate risk exposure due to noise and eliminate noise induced hearing loss.

 

We can set aside some time to discuss how we can assist you, please feel free to reach out to Colin J. Brigham, CIH, CSP, CPE, CPEA, CSPHP, FAIHA at cbrigham@1ssh.com, 610.524.5525 x 24.

 

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


Occupational Noise Exposure

Occupational Noise Exposure

Exposure to high levels of noise can cause permanent 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. However, repeated exposures to loud noise can lead to permanent tinnitus and/or hearing loss.

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Hearing Conservation Programs

Hearing Conservation Programs

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) Noise standard (29 CFR 1910.95) requires employers to have a hearing conservation program in place if workers are exposed to a time-weighted average (TWA) noise level of 85 decibels (dBA) or higher over an 8-hour work shift. OSHA’s permissible exposure limit (PEL) for noise exposure is 90 dBA for an 8-hour TWA and the standard uses a 5 dBA exchange rate.

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Workplace Noise Surveys, Testing and Evaluations

Workplace Noise Surveys, Testing and Evaluations

TRC wants to help your business identify workplace noise through noise exposure assessments and implement safer working conditions for employees. Together, we can better understand your working environment noise through the following tests, assessments and resources.

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