Is your workplace loud enough to break glass? It could also be loud enough to break the law. Many employers aren’t aware of the strict limits placed on workplace noise until legal recourse is sought by the employee. Twenty-two million workers are exposed to damaging noise at work each year, which has led to approximately $242 million spent annually on workers’ compensation for their exposure to hearing loss.
The rights of workers according to OSHAThe need to protect workers from the dangers of excessive noise is enshrined in the rights of workers by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Workers have the right to:
- Work on machines that are safe. This means that the machines noise levels must not exceed safe regulations, and if they do, that adequate hearing protection should be administered.
- Request an OSHA inspection, and speak to the inspector. That’s right, they can ask the government body to come into your workplace and measure noise levels themselves.
- Get copies of test results you have done to find any health hazards in your workplace.