Friday, April 11, 2008

OSHA Alliance in Massachusetts Aims to Save Hearing

Attempts to control workplace noise levels ...

"Reducing noise hazards for employees in central and western Massachusetts is the goal of a new alliance among OSHA's Springfield Area Office, American Safety and Supply Inc. of Springfield, and Industrial Hearing Testing of Auburn, Mass.

"Continual exposure to high noise levels can lead to hearing loss," said Mary Hoye, OSHA's area director in Springfield. "The key to preventing hearing loss is in knowing how to identify, address, and minimize workplace noise hazards, be that workplace a factory, construction site, or other venue."

Under the alliance, OSHA, ASSI, and IHT will work jointly to develop and deliver training and education programs, educational materials, and resources to the region's employers that will focus on noise-related safety and health issues, and preventing hearing loss in both construction and general industry workplaces. The first training session is expected to be held later this spring."    (Continued via Occupational Health & Safety)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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