OSHA has a longstanding Hearing Conversation Amendment 29 CFR 1910.95 to improve the health and safety of employees and reduce the risk of hearing damage. This All Safety Products newsletter discusses its implications for your business and your employees. All Safety Products is able to provide the hearing safety solutions and products to reduce the risk of hearing damage in the workplace.
How much noise is too much noise ?
Identify noise sources in the workplace and monitor them carefully. OSHA regulates that noise levels that exceed 85dBA that hearing protection must be provided by the employer.
If you do not know your noise levels you should get noise monitoring equipment. If you don't have access to noise monitoring equipment a good guideline is when you need to shout to be heard more than 3 feet away the noise level is most likely of 85dBA.
Everyday examples of machinery over 85dBA are Jackhammers, Chainsaws, bulldozers, lawnmowers, ask yourself if your work environment is louder than these noises.
Under OSHA regulations new employees must undergo audiometric testing and existing employees must be tested annually to detect hearing problems.
What should employees use to protect their hearing?
Hearing protectors are readily available and come in the form of
Disposable Foam Plugs: Low cost, soft foam, tapered fit NRR 31
Soft Premolded plugs: Reusable, attached with Cord NRR 28
Earmuff Hearing protection: Reusable, comfortable NRR 22
Banded Ear plugs: Easy to put on & Reusable NRR 24
Buy the right hearing protection products!
The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) requires that all hearing protection products carry a NRR (Noise Reduction Rating) label. Only purchase products with a NRR label. Make sure they fit well. Decide if you need reusable ear plugs or not.
Additional OSHA Health & Safety Resources for hearing protection
More detailed hearing protection information on OSHA compliancy can be found at www.osha.gov
To order or RFQ any of the hearing protection products please see detailed specifications, pricing and ordering information, www.allsafetyproducts.biz . All hearing protection products carry a one year 100% manufacturer's warranty for any manufacturer defects in the workmanship of the products.
About All Safety Products Inc
All Safety Products Inc distributes a full range of safety products and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Industry & Government. Many of the Safety products are OSHA and FDA compliant or NSF certified (when appropriate) and include: clothing, footwear, hand protection, monitors, respiratory protection, eye wash stations, hand wash stations, personal ventilation equipment, eye protection, portable sinks, plant maintenance equipment, fall protection, first aid, face & head protection, hearing protection, safety videos & training materials.
Qualified Clients and customers can take advantage of GSA contract pricing and view GSA selected portable sinks at portahandwash.com/gsacontractinformation. There is a complete portable sink product line available at www.portahandwash.com .
For more information contact All Safety Products Inc Tel (877) 208-3109 Fax 562-630-3800
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