Listen Up: Protecting Your Workers from Hazardous Noise

Noise is one of, if not the most common workplace hazard. OSHA reports that at least 22 million workers are exposed to damaging noise at work each year. Not only can noise permanently damage an employee’s hearing, but it is generally very costly for employers to pay compensation claims for occupational hearing loss. For those reasons, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandates that employees exposed to a time-weighted average (TWA) of 85 decibels A-weighted (dBA) for an 8-hour shift shall be put into a hearing conservation program as lined out in 29 CFR §1910.95.  At W&M, we help employers evaluate their high noise exposure areas, monitor employee exposure, develop hearing conservation programs, and help with regulatory compliance. While in the field, we have noticed a common problem with noise monitoring activities conducted by employers. Many employers like to do their own noise monitoring, which is a viable option that
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Ongoing Industrial Hygiene Services Provided to Air Force 355th Medical Group

W&M recently provided industrial hygiene support to the Bioenvironmental Engineering group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base located in Tucson, Arizona. Personal air sampling was conducted to determine employee exposure to heavy metals (including Hexavalent Chromium) during welding, sanding, grinding and painting activities. Exposures to other contaminants of concern, such as benzene, toluene, hydrogen peroxide, wood dust, respirable dust, fiberglass, and phenol, were also determined through personal air sampling at various shops. W&M will continue to provide industrial hygiene support services this month. For more information, contact Lori Siegelman.