The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is the leading authority in the United States on safety guidelines in the workplace. Their regulations provide details for keeping employees safe and effective in the warehouse or on other job sites. Is noise exposure a concern for your business?
3 Points Discussing OSHA’s requirements for Noise Safety in the Workplace
Equation for noise exposure.
OSHA provides a series of formulas to determine the noise level and exposure present in your facility. When the sound is constant throughout a single work shift the noise is measured by the duration and sound level. If there are multiple periods of noise at diverse levels, another formula is used. OSHA website provides all the necessary formulas to determine this for your business.
Noise safety and recommendations.
“OSHA also recommends safety equipment to allow your employees to work in the environment without compromising the health of their hearing. These include ear plugs, noise cancelling headphones, or shortened exposure times. The specific equipment you use in your facility will largely depend on the noise level as determined by your equation.
Training and notification.
All employees who work on site, including seasonal or temp employees, are to be made aware of noise exposure and trained on the safety procedures. OSHA’s noise exposure computation appendix is mandatory for every facility affected. It needs to be accessible for all employees to consult when necessary.
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