What Is Too Loud?
Ear protection is recommended for noise levels of 85 decibels or above. For every 3 dB above 85 dB, NIOSH recommends cutting the permissible exposure time in half.
How Loud is Your Work?
The NIOSH Sound Level Meter (SLM) app combines the best features of professional sound levels meters and noise dosimeters into a simple, easy-to-use package. The app was developed to help workers make informed decisions about their noise environment and promote better hearing health and prevention efforts.
Noise Affects Your Health
Loud noises can cause:
– Stress, Chronic Fatigue
– Hearing Loss, Tinnitus
– High Blood Pressure
– Digestive Disorders
Hearing Protection Standards
ISEA is represented on the following standards committees and panels:
- ANSI A10 – Safety Requirements for Construction and Demolition Operations
- ANSI S12 – Hearing Protection
- ANSI Z49 – Safety in Welding and Cutting
- ANSI Z10 – Occupational Health and Safety Systems
- CSA Z94.2 – Technical Committee on Hearing Protection (liaison)
- US TAG to ISO TC43 – Acoustics, SC1 Noise
Occupational Noise Exposure (OSHA)
Reducing Noise Exposure