In the United States alone, about 22 million workers are exposed to hazardous noise at work every day. In addition to contributing to hearing loss, excessive noise prevents workers from hearing warning signals, negatively affects communication between workers, and decreases workers’ ability to concentrate. It’s also been linked to stomach problems and high blood pressure.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends that workers not be exposed to noise amounting to more than 85 decibels for 8 hours, but there’s no doubt that reducing the noise levels as much as possible is ideal. How can employers do this? Read on to find out.