New noise in construction standard? It’s on OSHA’s radar.
June 21, 2016
Heads up! In November, OSHA is expected to request input on whether a more effective noise in construction standard is practicable. This comes on the heels of two recent studies – conducted by the Dept. of Energy and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health – that conclude that a significant number of construction workers have suffered hearing loss over the duration of their careers.
Currently, OSHA’s permissible exposure limit for construction noise is set at 90 A-weighted decibels over an eight-hour period, but many argue – and some states like Washington have adopted – a much more stringent noise standard. (Washington state’s exposure limit is 85 decibels over an eight-hour timeframe and requires workers exposed to levels above that to wear hearing protection devices.)
Review OSHA’s current hearing conservation in construction reference materials here.