Services/Industrial Noise Testing for OSHA
According to OSHA, every year, approximately 30 million people in the United States are exposed to hazardous levels of occupational noise. Noise exceeding recommended levels in the workplace can have potentially permanent effects on hearing, causing significant hearing loss or ringing in the ears (tinnitus). Beyond these serious hearing implications, a noisy workplace can also have other physiological effects on stress levels, sleep patterns, and many other body systems. OSHA sets legal limits on noise in the workplace, the maximum recommended level of noise not thought to cause hearing damage is 85dB per 8 hour workday. In 1981, OSHA required all workplaces that exposed employees to 85dB or higher noise over an 8 hour work day to implement a Hearing Conservation program. A Hearing Conservation Program requires employers to conduct regular noise measurements, to provide yearly hearing exams, and to provide adequate hearing protection. Otoscience Labs provides an occupational noise consulting service to employers seeking to monitor noise levels in the workplace for OSHA compliance. Occupational Safety and Health Standard No. 1910.5.