Are You Following OSHA's Noise Standards?
OSHA has a wide variety of different rules and regulations that employers need to be aware of at all times. While some may be more well known than others, we often find employers failing to adhere to OSHA’s hearing conservation standards. Designed to protect workers from consistently working in dangerous auditory conditions, OSHA requires employers to test a workplace for the noise level generated from operations.
OSHA ruled that if workers are exposed to a time-weighted average of 85 decibels or higher over an eight-hour shift, noise control programs must be implemented.
Several techniques and programs exist, including a mandatory baseline audiogram for employees. The test is administered once the employee begins work and is then given on a recurring annual basis. Audiograms determine hearing levels and track an employee’s abilities over time to determine if hearing damage occurs.
Employers can also implement engineering controls to limit noise, including moving workers away from noise sources, enclosing noise sources or installing acoustical baffles to reduce sound in large areas.
If you are interested in creating noise-control programs for your business or reviewing your current noise practices, email [email protected] or call our team at (225) 313-4448