What is Noise?
Noise, or unwanted sound, is one of the most common health problems in American workplaces. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) estimates that 30 million workers in the U.S. are exposed to hazardous noise. Exposure to high levels of noise may cause hearing loss, create physical and psychological stress, reduce productivity, interfere with communication, and contribute to accidents and injuries by making it difficult to hear warning signals.
OSHA requires employers to determine if workers are exposed to excessive noise in the workplace. If so, the employers must implement feasible engineering or administrative controls to eliminate or reduce hazardous levels of noise. Where controls are not sufficient, employers must implement an effective hearing conservation program.
Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers Resources
International Training Institute (ITI) training materials topics and tasks that expose workers to noise. Refer to the following ITI training materials on
- Siding and Decking
- Sign Industry
Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT)