OSHA noise and hearing regulationsOccupational noise exposure - OSHA noise and hearing regulations The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 was a paramount movement for workers in the U.S. as it established clear guidelines, standard protections and safety regulations for employers to foll... 2013 511 OSHA noise and hearing regulations https://www.healthyhearing.com/report/51550-Osha-noise-and-hearing-regulations
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 was a paramount movement for workers in the U.S. as it established clear guidelines, standard protections and safety regulations for employers to follow to keep employees safe in the workplace. One major part of the OSHA safety regulations pertains to protections against hearing loss from heavy machinery and other workplace noise hazards.
Occupational noise exposure
Here are the basics of the Appendix B, the Occupational Noise Exposure section of the OSH Act of 1970:
There are regulations for employers to follow for continuous noise above the safe level of 85 decibels. As the number of decibels of exposure increase, the maximum number of hours of exposure per day decreases. Here are the regulations:
Workers have the right to a safe workplace and freedom from being affected by noises loud enough to induce hearing loss. In regards to their hearing, the OSH Act provides workers with the rights to:
These rights under the OSH Act cover most employees in all 50 states and Washington D.C., including state and local government workers, federal government workers and private sector workers. They do not apply to those who are self-employed, fall under federal regulations for workplace hazards by another government agency or family members of farm owners who do not hire outside employees.
For more information about these regulations and workers' rights, go to the OSHA website.