Between cutting, crushing, chipping, stamping, and assembling, we can all agree that high level noise exposures exist in both manufacturing and construction. It’s important to identify noise exposures at your workplace and be aware that exposure to high levels of noise can reduce worker productivity, increase stress, contribute to workplace accidents, and increase the risk of hearing loss.
Common Noise Controls and Tips
Have noise monitoring done to identify high noise exposure areas, machines, and tools
A hearing conservation program is required if workers are exposed to a time-weighted average (TWA) noise level of 85 decibels (dBA) or higher over an 8-hour work shift.
Develop a personal protective equipment (PPE) policy to include hearing protection
Limit exposure time to high noise levels
Maintain equipment in good working order and upgrade to products with reduced noise
Install sound barriers, enclosures, and or isolate noise sources
Operate loud machines during shifts with fewer workers when possible
Increase the distance between the noise and workers when possible
Wear PPE such as earmuffs or earplugs to reduce noise exposure in high noise areas or when working with loud tools
Encourage voluntary ear protection use within your workforce
Earplugs vs. Earmuffs Choosing the best ear protection depends on a number of factors. See the info below to compare the advantages and disadvantages to both earplugs and earmuffs.
Please reach out to TBG Safety Services for additional support with hearing protection or noise monitoring at your workplace!
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