Millions of employees work in places where exposures to loud noises are
everyday occurrences. At first, it may not appear harmful, but overexposure to
loud noise can result in hearing damage or loss of hearing. The U.S. Department
of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides a few
recommendations to employers and employees to help reduce the risk of hearing
- If it is too loud to hear another voice from three feet away, do not work
without hearing protection.
- When choosing hearing protectors, such as earplugs or earmuffs, select one
that fits comfortably.
- Always turn off loud machinery before removing hearing protection.
- Have an annual hearing test if you are regularly exposed to loud noise.
OSHA's Safety and Health Topics pages provide useful resources on a variety of
issues. The Noise and Hearing Conservation page offers links to information on
how to prevent hearing hazards in the workplace.
AplusA-online.de - Source: U.S. Department of Labor - Occupational Safety & Health Administration