Noise (or unwanted sound) is a part of many workplaces. As noise levels increase above 80 decibels, the intensity increases to a point where prolonged exposure may be hazardous. Approximately 30 million people in the U.S. are occupationally exposed to hazardous noise.
There are various ways to reduce occupational exposure. Engineering controls (such as enclosing the noise source with sound-absorbing material), work practice controls (like using a rubber mallet instead of a steel hammer on a job), and personal protective equipment (such as ear plugs and muffs) are all ways to reduce noise levels where you work.
The EH&S Office is available to evaluate noise levels in employees’ work areas and provide guidance to reduce your noise exposure where hazardous levels are measured.
Check out this "noise meter" from the Center for Disease Control! Find out what decibel the noises are in your everyday life.
For information, contact Joe Whitlock at (937) 775-4131.