Occupational Noise

Latest Developments…

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration would revise its noise protection standards to require employers to use administrative or engineering controls before personal protective equipment to reduce noise exposures under a proposed interpretation. Under current agency policy, employers only are cited for failure to use administrative or engineering controls when hearing protection is shown to be ineffective or the cost of controls is less than the cost of a hearing conservation program. Under the proposed policy, OSHA instead would consider administrative and engineering controls economically feasible if their costs do not threaten an employer's ability to stay in business.
-- Read more…in Safety Guide on occupational noise

Did you know…?
    A frequently accepted defense to citations is that compliance with the standard is not technologically or economically feasible. In such cases, OSHA must prove administrative and engineering controls not only are technologically but also economically feasible. OSHA also must prove feasibility by weighing costs and benefits of such controls.
-- You can find information on employer defense in Safety Guide