HEARING PROTECTION: OSHA REQUIREMENTS AND CHOOSING THE RIGHT SOLUTION FOR YOU
22 million workers in the U.S. are regularly exposed to potentially damaging noise, according to the Centers for Disease Control. OSHA mandates that any workplace averaging 85dB for an eight-hour average exposure must put in place an effective hearing conservation program. (On construction sites it’s a 90dB threshold.) If you need to raise your voice to speak to someone three feet away, noise levels might be above 85dB.
With ever-changing risks confronting workers daily, there is a constant challenge to keep them safe. New technology is certainly crucial to the goal of zero injuries, but how does one take it all in, roll out a safety program and adapt that program amidst constant change? The first step is a better understanding of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).