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Noiseless in America

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Welcome to our blog! This is where we shed light on how noise control works, best practices for solution design, and interesting information surrounding the industry. Be sure to check back occasionally to get your fill on noise control.

Decibel Sound Level Comparison

Have you ever wondered how many decibels a certain noise makes? Or perhaps you've wanted to know what's louder - your neighbor's lawn mower or that beeping car alarm right outside your window? Download our helpful infographic to found out!

Current MSHA Standards and Compliance for Miners

Working in the mining industry poses several health risks, one of the most pervasive of which is noise and hearing damage. MSHA (Mine Safety and Health Administration) standards in regards to noise exposure have been in place for decades, yet organizations continue to operate without proper compliance. In this article, we’ll reiterate the current MSHA standards and talk on compliance methods available.

Measuring a Facility’s Noise Levels

One of the most important ways to protect employees from excessive workplace noise is to regularly measure noise levels throughout the work place. Learn how to perform routine noise measurements and protect your employees from long-term health effects.

Strategies to Reduce Noise in the Workplace

After identifying and measuring a high decibel noise problem, it is important to immediately take steps to protect the health and safety of the affected employees. Here are the main ways to control and reduce exposure to noise throughout your facility.

Signs Your Workplace Noise Is Too High

Many workplaces require machinery and equipment to perform the necessary job functions. Naturally, equipment can produce loud and concussive noise that overtime can cause serious damage to employees. How can you tell whether your workplace noise levels pose serious threat? Fortunately, there’s a few signs that can point out a potential issue.

Noise Exposure in the Workplace

An estimated $242 million is spent annually on workers’ compensation claims for hearing loss disability. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), reports that about 22 million people are exposed to hazardous and potentially hazardous noise levels at work.