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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Industrial Hygiene Assessment for Safety Tools Manufacturer

Industrial Hygiene (IH) assessments recognize, evaluate and help eliminate or control conditions where employee exposure to contaminants may create adverse health effects. In order to determine worker exposure to the compounds copper, beryllium and aluminum – W&M collected personal air samples from workers’ breathing zones for up to 8 hours of the workers shift. During their shift, workers are at risk if they are exposed to contaminants above permissible exposure limits (PELs).

International Oil-Service Company

W&M performed a wide range of environmental services for the pre-acquisition of proposed urban drill sites located in north Texas in the Barnett Shale. W&M completed Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESA), Environmental Protection Plans (EPP), Hazardous Materials Management Plans (HMMP), storm water pollution prevention plans (SWP3), Noise Monitoring Plans (NMP), and noise monitoring at the drill sites. Because of variances associated with some of the drill sites and stringent municipal requirements, W&M assisted the client with the review process and public meetings. As a result of our work, many of the drill sites were approved. Additionally, W&M conducted noise monitoring to optimize compressor locations and ensure that their operation met local noise ordinances.

W&M Awarded Homeland Security Project

W&M was awarded a contract to provide exposure monitoring at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Charleston, South Carolina.  W&M industrial hygienists will be evaluating the noise and chemical exposure to Homeland Security personnel.  Personnel will be monitored during a variety of training scenarios both on land and sea.  For more information, contact Gene Murray with W&M.