Now might be a good time to double-check that all your crew members who could be exposed to excessive noise levels are wearing earplugs or other devices designed to protect their hearing.
Here’s the deal: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched an enforcement blitz targeting industries most likely to expose their workers to high noise levels.
Inspectors in OSHA’s Region 5 are conducting programmed inspections of companies in certain industries to ensure crew members are wearing safety gear to protect against hearing loss. The inspectors are walking through workplaces with sound level meters. If the meters show noise levels above 85 decibels, they’re checking to make sure employees are wearing hearing protection. If they’re not using the gear, citations are being issued.
Among the targeted organizations are machine shops and foundries, as well as manufacturers of wood products, motor vehicles, paper, plastics, rubber, glass and primary metals.
(From the Sept. 7, 2021, issue of Safety Alert for Supervisors. To start your no-obligation trial subscription to the publication right now, please click here.)