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Workplace Noise

March 4, 2015

Noise in the workplace can be detrimental to employee productivity and health. Measuring noise levels is important to determine if hearing conservation efforts are necessary to guard against noise induced hearing loss. This type of hearing loss is a permanent hearing impairment resulting from repeated exposure to high levels of noise. Cal/OSHA has set an Action Level of 85 dBA as a time weighted average (TWA) for employee exposure to noise in the work place. If the Action Level is met or exceeded then a hearing conservation program is required. Cal/OSHA has set a permissible exposure limit (PEL) of 90 dBA over an eight hour work shift. OSI can perform noise dosimetry on individuals or test the sound levels in your workplace. OSI can also assist in choosing the correct engineering controls using sound level meters and octave band meters. Please contact an OSI representative for questions or to schedule a service.