Noise levels in industrial manufacturing environments have become an important area of concern, as more is learned about the effects of excessive noise exposure on human hearing. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, “twenty-two million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise at work each year.”
Continual exposure to excessive levels of noise can lead to a number of health problems, including permanent loss of hearing. Studies show that even limited exposure to loud noise can temporarily impair hearing or create a sensation of ringing in the ears. While short-term problems may resolve once an individual leaves the noisy area, repeat exposures to loud noise can lead to severe and lasting damage to hearing.
The problem of excessive workplace noise is significant and costly. As OSHA reports:
“An estimated $242 million is spent annually on workers’ compensation for hearing loss disability.”
Along with the danger of hearing loss, a noisy work environment can also contribute to stress and reduced productivity, impairing communication, and concentration. Accidents and injuries may also occur if workers are unable to hear warning signals. All of these factors have led to a call for industrial noise regulation.
OSHA has instituted regulations to govern the level of noise allowable in industrial environments. To address the need for compliance, a variety of noise abatement solutions have been developed for loud processes and equipment. Industrial noise control equipment solutions include silencers for fans and ventilation, industrial mufflers, as well as noise enclosures and panels.
Air Solutions has knowledgeable experience and a thorough understanding of noise abatement and required noise control standards and regulations. Our approach in developing effective industrial noise control solutions begins with an assessment of a facility and its processes.
Today is the day to assure your work environment is safe by confirming noise level regulatory compliance. Contact Air Solutions to discuss your needs.