The International Safety Equipment Association has launched an initiative highlighting the importance of preventing hearing loss in the workplace – where, according to NIOSH, 22 million people are exposed to hazardous noise each year.
NIOSH’s recommended exposure limit for noise is a time-weighted average of 85 decibels over an 8-hour period. Permissible exposure time is cut in half for every 3 dB above 85 dBA.
Workers in industries such as grounds keeping routinely experience noise levels hovering around 85 dB.
The “Listen Today to Hear Tomorrow” campaign is designed to raise awareness of noise-induced occupational hearing loss. Through the campaign’s website, www.safetyequipment.org/hearing-protection, workers can request free earplugs and download mobile apps that calculate noise levels.
Permanent hearing loss is irreversible; however, it is usually preventable with proper hearing protection.
For more information, contact Statewide’s Edge at 732-446-5958.