Noise is as normal to a construction site as the work itself. Everyday equipment, tools, and other activity keep noise levels high. In some cases, the noise levels are so high that workers have to wear protective hearing gear. Exposure to high levels of noise causes hearing loss and may cause other harmful health effects as well. The extent of damage depends primarily on the intensity of the sound and the duration of the exposure. Below, we look at ways to conserve your hearing so that you don’t turn deaf by the age of 35.
The OSHA Hearing Conservation Program
MC Tool & Safety provides products that meet or exceed all OSHA standards in various industries. One of the standards is described in the OSHA Hearing Conservation Program. The program requires employers to monitor noise exposure levels on site. 85 decibels is an acceptable standard for continuous noise throughout the workday. If the sound is above 85 dB for a lengthy period, employers must provide ear protection. McClellan Sales offers professional ear protection for construction companies and their workers.
Are Employers Required to Provide Hearing Protectors?
Employers must provide hearing protectors to all workers exposed to 8-hour TWA noise levels of 85 dB or above. This requirement ensures that employees have access to protectors before they experience any hearing loss. Here are the specifics of the OSHA Standards:
● For any period over six months from the time they are first exposed to 8-hour TWA noise levels of 85 dB or above until they receive their baseline audiograms if these tests are delayed due to mobile test van scheduling.
● If they have incurred standard threshold shifts that demonstrate they are susceptible to noise.
● If they are exposed to noise over the permissible exposure limit of 90 dB over an 8-hour TWA. Employers must provide employees with a selection of at least one variety of hearing plug and one range of hearing muff.
Proper Training for Hearing Protection
Employees should enlist the help of a person trained to fit hearing protectors so that they can determine which size and type protector is most suitable for the working environment. The protector selected should be comfortable to wear and offer sufficient protection to prevent hearing loss. Hearing protectors must adequately reduce the noise level for each employee’s work environment.
Hearing Protection From MC Tool & Safety
MC Tool & Safety offers a wide range of safety and protection gear for construction workers across Minnesota. No matter what type of equipment you need, we can provide the right gear for you. As an industrial tool supplier to the Twin Cities and the surrounding Midwest, our friendly and knowledgeable team is ready to assist you in finding the tools and supplies you need, while going the extra mile. To find out more about our products use the search tool on our website. You can also contact us at 888-206-2569, or you can message us at firstname.lastname@example.org.