Noise Safety Guidance

Below is a quick guide to common safety issues and protocols. For more, download the PDF.

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This free download covers "Noise controls, Types of Hearing Protectors:, and Hearing Loss Myths & Facts." It also has as a video example of new noise & hearing loss safety rules and procedures.
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Noise

Exposure to high levels of noise can cause permanent hearing loss. Neither surgery nor hearing aid can help correct this type of hearing loss. Short term exposure to loud noise can also cause a temporary change in hearing or a ringing in your ears (tinnitus).

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Noise controls

.Engineering controls (for example: modifying or replacing equipment, changes at the noise source,
placing barriers between noise source and employee).

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Types of Hearing Protectors

Earmuffs: which can reduce noise by as much as 15-30 decibels. Earmuffs are often used in
conjunction with ear plugs to protect the employee from extremely load noises. This double hearing
protection (earmuffs and earplugs) required to be worn in areas > 100 dBA (example: condensate
booster pumps) when in area more than 15 minutes.