Occupational Noise is one of the most challenging workplace hazards today. Worker’s may not be aware that they are being exposed and may not be educated on the adverse health effects of occupational noise. Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) comes mainly from occupational exposure and it always sensorineural – meaning it affects hair cells in the inner ear.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) established a permissible exposure level of 90 dBA for an 8 hour period. OSHA also mandates that a Hearing Conservation Program be put in place if the sound level exceeds 90 dBA.

If you think your workplace may exceed OSHA noise standards, an Industrial Hygienist should visit the work site and perform a noise evaluation to determine if OSHA Compliance is needed. At Chastain Skillman, we can help you with this type of evaluation.  We have the necessary equipment and trained personnel to perform a professional noise survey and provide controls to reduce the sources of occupational noise hazards.

If you have questions or would like to schedule a consultation, contact Adelmarie Bones at 863-646-1402 or abones@chastainskillman.com.

 

CSI Industrial Hygiene Consultant installing an OSHA approved Noise Dosimeter for employee compliance testing.
CSI Industrial Hygiene Consultant installing an OSHA approved Noise Dosimeter for employee compliance testing.