The very process of manufacturing – especially heavy manufacturing – carries with it some inherent variables that can cause damage to those working onsite. Most companies maintain diligent safety practices and procedures to protect workers from falls, hand injuries, accident enclosures, and the like.
The dangers of excessive noise must be in that same discussion.
The Reschini Group has specialists who consult and advise client companies about the importance of noise monitoring, including use of audio dosimetry at manufacturing facilities. Our team works with manufacturers to conduct these tests, to see the impact of onsite noise and how best to safeguard those exposed to it.
Central to these efforts is guidance from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and its requirements for establishing a Hearing Conservation Program. According to the OSHA website, this includes noise monitoring, audiometric testing, hearing protection, training, and recordkeeping. OSHA requires companies to implement a hearing conservation program when noise exposure is at or above 85 decibels averaged over 8 working hours.
Exposure to loud noise kills the nerve endings in the inner ear, with prolonged exposure causing more dead nerve endings and permanent hearing loss that cannot be corrected with surgery or medicine. Noise-induced hearing loss limits your ability to hear high frequency sounds and understand speech, which seriously impairs your ability to communicate. Hearing aids may help, but they do not restore your hearing to normal.
Hearing conservation programs are meant to prevent initial occupational hearing loss, preserve and protect remaining hearing, and equip workers with the knowledge and hearing protection devices necessary to safeguard themselves. Paying the proper level of attention to on-the-job noise issues also makes sense regarding avoiding exposure to lawsuits and insurance claims.
The team at The Reschini Group features experts in working with client companies to lessen this exposure. Contact us today to learn more.
Related Resource from The Reschini Group
- Noise hazard awareness sheet to share with employees: PiS – Workplace Noise Hazards
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