Why Monitor Noise?

Measuring noise in the workplace is an important element of hearing conservation programs and noise reduction programs.  With a noise dosimeter, you can assess and determine a workers daily exposure to noise levels.  This information can be used to:


    *Ensure if hearing conservation programs are needed

    *Identify employee who are required in the program

    *Make priorities for noise control efforts and establish hearing protection practices

    *Identify noise sources for implementation of engineering controls.  


Compliance

MIOSHA requires that employees be placed in a hearing conservation program if they are exposed to average noise levels of 85 dB or greater during an 8 hour workday. In order to determine if exposures are at or above this level, it is necessary to measure or monitor the actual levels in the workplace.


 



When to Measure?

OSHA requires that when there are significant changes in machinery or production processes that may result in increased noise levels, re-monitoring must be conducted to determine whether additional employees need to be included in the hearing conservation program. Many companies choose to re-monitor periodically  to ensure that all exposed employees are included in their hearing conservation programs.Exposure monitoring should be repeated at least every two years, or whenever there is a change in equipment, production processes or maintenance routines.  It may be necessary to assess noise exposure when work practices and/or shift durations change or when workers develop Standard Threshold Shifts.







 


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MIOSHA’s strategic plan contained a goal to reduce the incidence of Noise induced hearing loss. MIOSHA will conduct a noise inspection whenever noise is a complaint or when thought to be a hazard during an inspection.  Noise is a serious hazard and the violation would result in a serious citation.   A citation for employees not required to wear hearing protection in an area above the action level and without having a hearing conservation program would result in 2 citations possibly up to $14,000 in fines.   


 



“A citation for employees not required to wear hearing protection in an area above the action level and without having a conservation program would result in 2 citations possibly up to $14,000 in fines.”


 




Services

We conduct noise monitoring  and will provide you with a full written report with results from testing.  While on site we can provide the following services at no additional charge, review the your overall safety program including records of injuries/illnesses, safety training and safety programs.  We can  provide  assistance in developing or maintaining an effective safety and health program.   We will conduct walkthrough of workplace and identify hazards and means to correct them. 


 


 


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Contact us today at industrialmonitorings@yahoo.com


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