Reduce Exposure to Hearing Hazards

06.08.2022
Headphones
HR & Safety

The CDC is reminding employers about one of the most common work-related illnesses—hearing loss. 

National Save Your Hearing Day was recognized May 31. 

According to the CDC, approximately 22 million workers are exposed to hazardous noise each year. 

NIOSH Hierarchy of Controls

Noise exposed workers are three times more likely to have hearing difficulty issues than their non-exposed workers. 

Industries such as manufacturing have higher risks for hearing loss. 

While 46% of manufacturing workers have a history of occupational noise exposure, 28% of noise-exposed workers have reported that they do not wear their hearing protection while working in noise.

The NIOSH Hierarchy of Controls is recommended to reduce workplace noise to below the NIOSH REL.

The hierarchy of control approach groups actions by their likely effectiveness in reducing the noise hazard with elimination of the noise being the preferred first step, and personal protective equipment being the last. 

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