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.
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.
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.”
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.