Hearing loss is preventable and you can do something about it…Buy quiet
Source:DHHS publication ; no. (NIOSH) 2014-128
Corporate Authors:National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Series:DHHS publication ; no. (NIOSH)
Nearly 50% of construction workers suffer hearing loss.
Hearing loss is preventable and you can do something about it… Buy quiet.
Buy Quiet is an occupational health and safety initiative which encourages companies to purchase or rent quieter machinery as older machinery is replaced in order to reduce worker exposure to noise.
The program helps you comply with OSHA requirements, reduces the noise impact on the community, and encourages manufacturers to design equipment that is quieter. Most importantly, it reduces your risk of hearing loss.
What you can do.
Some noise is always present at construction sites, so we recommend taking these steps to protect your hearing: Wear protective earmuff¬s or earplugs at a noisy site and when operating loud equipment; Move sources of loud noise, like compressors and generators, as far away from the work zone as possible; Take breaks or ask to be rotated o¬ periodically when operating loud equipment; Get your hearing checked regularly.
Buy Quiet addresses the vision of eliminating noise hazards early in the life cycle of power tools and equipment, thus reducing the risk of occupational hearing loss among operators and nearby workers. Companies are encouraged to implement Buy Quiet within their organization. Any company whose workers are subjected to hazardous noise exposures can benefit from Buy Quiet initiatives.
An ideal Buy Quiet program includes educational materials and promotional tools designed to help inform employees, management, customers, and the community about the importance and benefits of Buy Quiet. NIOSH developed a series of posters for construction companies to post at their worksites to communicate their organization’s efforts and commitment to reducing noise levels in and around those worksites.
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