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Did you know that many businesses are currently in violation of OSHA's noise regulations? Did you also know that acoustics is an essential element to OSHA compliance?

While anyone who works can be at risk for possible noise-induced hearing loss, some workplaces are more hazardous than others. Workers in the following industries are more likely to be exposed to dangerous noise levels: agriculture, mining, construction, manufacturing and utilities, transportation, and military.

But there are a number of businesses that could be in violation of OSHA that you wouldn't even think of, such as restaurants, nightclubs and bars. Click here to learn more.

OSHA noise standards consist of a two-stage program:

  • A hearing conservation program must be implemented when employees are exposed to 85 dB or more in an
    8-hour day. These programs include annual audiometric testing and require hearing protection devices, such as earplugs.

  • Engineering or administrative noise controls are required when exposure exceeds 90 dB. Engineering controls include redesigning the space to reduce machinery noise, replacing machinery with quieter equipment, enclosing the noise source or enclosing the noise receiver. Administrative controls include mandating the length of time an employee can be exposed to a particular noise source.

Failing to address OSHA regulations can be a pricey mistake. Total penalties for OSHA violations in 2002 exceeded $72.8 million! Business owners that willingly violate OSHA regulations, including those relating to noise, can be penalized between $5,000 and $70,000. If a previous violation is not addressed and corrected, civil penalties up to $7,000 a day can be enforced. Even if the violation isn't life threatening, but still has the potential to impact job safety and health, the business can be penalized up to $7,000. Keep in mind, OSHA representatives can stop by to conduct noise readings at any given time.

For the Employer/Designer
Are you concerned about the integrity of your bottom line? What about the health and safety of your employees and patrons? There are numerous benefits to designing an acoustically correct space, including:

  • Reduced miscommunications, accidents, mistakes & errors
  • OSHA compliance
  • Increased productivity & moral
Designing an acoustically correct business establishment without compromising the desired atmosphere is easier than you might think. The most important factor is to do so in the design phase when solutions are easily implemented and options are plentiful. Waiting until after construction is complete makes it much more difficult to achieve the desired effect, not to mention the business disruption. Visit Acoustics.com for tips on designing acoustically correct spaces, common concerns and information on suitable products and materials.

If you are looking for an acoustical consultant to help determine OSHA compliance or to help with noise abatement and control, click here.

For the Employee
Are you exposed to excessive noise in the workplace? If so, your employer could be violating OSHA codes. You have a right to be protected while you work. Visit Acoustics.com to find out more about the dangers of noisy environments.

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