Hearing protection is required if a worker is subject to noise above 85 decibels over an eight-hour period. If hearing protection is required, then a complete hearing loss prevention program should be instituted. We will discuss hearing loss prevention programs in our next blog.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Occupational hearing loss is the most common work-related injury in the United States (especially in the manufacturing sector). Approximately 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise levels at work, and an additional 9 million exposed to ototoxic chemicals. An estimated $242 million is spent annually on worker’s compensation for hearing loss disability