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Monitoring Noise Levels in the Workplace

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Monitoring noise volume in the workplace is an important consideration for employers. OSHA requires that workers be placed in a hearing conservation program if they are exposed to moderate noise levels of 85dB or greater during an eight-hour workday. To determine whether exposure is at or above this level, it may be mandatory to measure or oversee the actual noise levels in the workplace and to estimate the noise disclosure or amount received by employees during the workday. It is necessary to enforce noise monitoring when: an employee complains about the noise level, employees show signs of hearing loss, or when noise tends to drown out common conversation or other workplace activities. There are two different instruments to measure noise levels: the sound level meter and dosimeter. A sound level meter is an object that measures the severity of sound at a given moment. The sound level meter only takes measurements of noise at only one point in  time, and it is normally necessary to take multiple measurements at various times throughout the day to judge noise exposure during an eight-hour workday. A dosimeter is similar to a sound level meter expect that it saves sound level measurements and accommodates these measurements over time providing an average noise exposure reading for a given period of time. With a dosimeter, a microphone is attached to the employee’s clothing and the exposure measurement is simply read at the end of the chosen time. A reader is used to read out the dosimeter’s measurements. If an employer discovers that employees are being exposed to dangerous levels of noise, necessary action to correct the issue must be taken.

To understand how August Mack can help with noise monitoring, visit us on our website.

Post Date: 7/14/2017

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