- 22 million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise each year
- Loud noise exposure damages auditory-nerve endings that may result in permanent hearing loss
- An estimated $242 million annually is spent on workers' compensation for hearing loss disability
PROTECT YOUR HEARING
Typical Sound Levels (dBA)
Threshold of Pain
Conversation (3 ft. away)
Silent Study Room
Operating Heavy Equipment
Freiqht Train (100 ft. away)
Soft Whisper (5 ft. away)
Threshold of Hearing (1000Hz)
Check the OSHA legal limits on noise exposure in the workplace based on a worker's time weighted average over an8 hour day.
Use signage to indicate where hearing protection is needed
Choose low-noise tools and machinery
Create barriers between the noise source and employees
Provide Hearing protection devices (HPDs), i.e. earmuffs and plugs
Limit worker time and increase distance from noise source
Provide quiet areas for hazardous noise relief
Maintain a audiometric testing program to evaluate worker hearing
Ear muffs protect ears by reducing loud frequencies
Vibrant colors make protection visible.
Choose between many styles and materials.
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