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Exposure to excessive noise in the workplace can cause hearing loss and other health problems. It's important for employers to identify and manage noise hazards to protect workers from these risks. By implementing best practices for noise management, employers can prevent noise-induced hearing loss and promote a safe and healthy workplace.

Here are some best practices for managing noise hazards in the workplace:

  1. Identify noise hazards: Employers should conduct noise assessments to identify areas of the workplace where excessive noise may be present. This includes areas where workers are exposed to continuous or intermittent noise above 85 decibels (dB).
  2. Control noise at the source: Employers should prioritize controlling noise at the source to prevent noise exposure. This can be done through engineering controls, such as sound barriers or mufflers, or administrative controls, such as reducing the amount of time workers spend in noisy areas.
  3. Provide hearing protection: Employers should provide workers with appropriate hearing protection, such as earplugs or earmuffs, when noise exposure cannot be controlled at the source.
  4. Train workers: Employers should train workers on the hazards of excessive noise exposure, the importance of wearing hearing protection, and how to properly use and care for hearing protection.
  5. Monitor noise exposure: Employers should regularly monitor workers' noise exposure levels to ensure that they are not exceeding recommended exposure limits.

By implementing these best practices, employers can protect workers from noise-induced hearing loss and promote a safe and healthy workplace. It's important for employers to prioritize noise management by identifying noise hazards, controlling noise at the source, providing hearing protection, training workers, and monitoring noise exposure levels.


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