Protect Your Hearing on the Jobsite

Filed in Labor, Safety and Health by on October 30, 2018 1 Comment

Ear protection: ear plugs and ear muffs

October is National Protect Your Hearing Month, an initiative from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to encourage Americans to protect themselves from noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL).

While it’s important for everyone to protect against this preventable form of hearing loss, home builders and others in construction are particularly susceptible to damage caused by very loud noises.

OSHA notes that 22 million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise at work each year. Last year, U.S. business paid more than $1.5 million in penalties for not protecting workers from noise. While it’s impossible to put a number to the human toll of hearing loss, an estimated $242 million is spent annually on workers’ compensation for hearing loss disability.

Construction work can be extremely noisy, with high-speed cutting tools and power joining tools in frequent use.

OSHA has an information page dedicated to mitigating hearing loss in construction. The agency has compiled internal and external resources, including a pocket guide that explains the appropriate levels of noise on job sites and proper protection to use in high-noise environments.

Noise-induced hearing loss is a preventable condition. Do everything you can to protect yourself and your workers on a home building jobsite, because it’s very hard to recover lost hearing.

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  1. Marc Descoteaux, Dacota Group Builders says:

    I found Great hearing protection while at the same allows you communicate with your fellow workers. SENSEGARD reduces all noise by 31 decibels to conversation levels. I can still hear dimensions called out, the radio, how the tool is running, even someone walking up behind me. and at $25 ish a pair you can;t go wrong. I bought a set for my entire crew.

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