Manufacturing environments can be very loud places. It is important to understand the impact noise can have on the hearing of your staff members and mitigate it the right way. OSHA provides some insight on how to handle this and following their regulations will allow your company to remain compliant.
5 Requirements for Occupational Noise Exposure
- Determine the noise level of your facility. The first step in ensuring OSHA compliance for noise regulations is determining the noise level of your facility. There are a number of ways you can achieve this which could include sound testing.
- Hearing conservation. Using the information determined about the noise levels of your facility you can develop a hearing conservation program to prevent long term hearing damage in your team. Contact OSHA to learn more.
- Monitoring. When it is determined that employees will be subjected to noise levels that can affect their hearing, companies should create a monitoring system to ensure that the exposure to noise levels does not exceed the amounts determined by the hearing conservation efforts.
- Employee notification. Employees must be made aware of the risks involved in working in the facility with the noise levels. They should also be allowed to wear protective equipment that does not impede their ability to do the job.
- Hearing tests. Employees working in your facility should also have access to regular hearing tests to determine if their hearing is being affected negatively. The intervals between tests should be determined based on the specific risk of your facility.
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