An important part of a best-practice Industrial Hygiene program is Routine Noise Monitoring. There are surprising misconceptions throughout all industries about what passes as an effective Noise Monitoring Program. For some, it means annual administration of hearing tests to employees. For others, it means periodic evaluation of noise levels within a facility with direct reading equipment. The main fallacy with both of these approaches however is that you really don’t know the potential hazards of your noise exposure until the damage has already been done to your employees.
Conducting Noise Monitoring
The correct way to Evaluate and Mitigate any hazardous noise exposure is to monitor on a recurring basis, over entire shifts. This data-logging approach gives a much more accurate picture of the levels and locations of noise to which your employees are exposed. Once you are better informed, you can then start making decisions about how to mitigate, and preserve your employees’ hearing.
The Scott Lawson Group, Ltd. provides on-site, full shift, noise monitoring (via noise dosimetry) services. Once the on-site work has been completed, our consultants will work with you to understand the results from not only from an OSHA Compliance standpoint, but from a practical one as well. We can aid in the development of Hearing Conservation Programs or the development of other mitigation procedures.
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