The Occupational Hearing Loss Poster is a quick reference guide for workers in high noise industries. The occupational hearing loss chart illustrates common sounds and where they fall on a “hearing spectrum” from faint to painful noise. The chart also displays a key indicating which noise levels require the use of personal protective equipment.
Occupational hearing loss is a serious condition resulting from long-term exposure to loud vibration or sound. According to OSHA, 22 million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise each year. In 2017, U.S. employers who did not protect workers from noise were required to pay more than $1.5 million in penalties.
Employers are required to provide a safe and healthful workplace for their workers. Workers must be informed of potential hazards in the work environment and how to protect themselves.
Who Should Post the Occupational Hearing Loss Poster?
The Occupational Hearing Loss Poster is an essential training tool for employers in industries with high noise levels, such as construction and manufacturing. Post this chart in the workplace to remind workers of the permissible exposure limit and the levels at which ear protection is required.
Employers are required to administer a hearing conservation program whenever employee noise exposures equal or exceed an 8-hour time-weighted average sound level (TWA) of 85 decibels measured on the A scale (slow response) or, equivalently, a dose of fifty percent. (29 C.F.R.