How can your hearing be protected?

We can protect an employee's hearing by the following methods:

  • Administrative Controls: Administrative controls means to reduce the amount of time a worker is exposed to the noise environment or take some other measures to limit or eliminate the exposure.
  • Engineering Controls: Engineering control means you eliminate or reduce noise exposure by modifying the equipment, purchasing quieter equipment, enclose the equipment in a room or behind a wall, lubricate, tighten loose parts, install quieter mufflers, or other modifications as necessary to reduce level of noise exposure.
  • Hearing Protection: Hearing protection is the most common method of protecting workers from noise exposure. Hearing protectors are either placed over the ear or inserted into the ear canal to block high-frequency noise and reduce noise to a level of what is considered safe. The effectiveness of hearing protectors depends upon whether they are the proper type and the user wears them properly.

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1. Who is required to be tested?
2. How do we measure noise levels in the workplace?
3. What are some locations and equipment that produce unsafe noise levels?
4. What effects does noise have on your hearing?
5. How can your hearing be protected?