Noise Assessment And Evaluation

During the years after passing the OSH Act of 1970, Congress worked to define the section concerning workplace noise. Their work resulted in the promulgation of the Hearing Conservation/Noise Amendment in 1983. While OSHA regulations receive the most coverage, mining and military organizations have their own safety and health regulations. In addition, many states have regulations similar to OSHA's and occasionally more stringent. Besides workplace noise exposure, noise remains a predominant issue in communities all over the country and the world, and complaints to local officials are rising.

The amendment provides coverage for all employees exposed to a time-weighted average of 85 dBA. It outlines the following components of a hearing conservation program: (1) noise assessment, (2) hearing testing, (3) hearing protection, (4) education and training, and (5) record keeping. Workers' compensation laws established in each state may also specify noise assessment similar to OSHA's.

This section focuses on noise assessment and analysis of noise-level data in the workplace, community noise, and noise-level criteria.

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