OCCUPATIONAL NOISE SURVEYS
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Noise survey measurements must be completed when workers are exposed to sound levels above 82 dBA Lex
(some exemption apply; see WorkSafebc.com)
The first step to implementing an effective Hearing Loss Prevention Program is knowing the actual noise levels that workers are exposed to. Factors such as the type of equipment being used, room acoustics, and the length of exposure all greatly affect noise measurements. Having your workplace noise measurements will help determine the proper hearing protection that is required.
HearSmart Solutions Inc. is certified to perform formal Occupational Noise Survey’s. HearSmart Solutions Inc. uses integrated noise level meters and dosimetry equipment to perform accurate noise level measurements. We can provide you with a comprehensive noise survey that details noise level exposure, time-weighted averages, peak levels, and also support you with recommendations on the level of required hearing protection.
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An Occupational Noise Survey will identify noise sources to help prioritize control measures, determine hazardous noise areas, and verify if annual hearing testing is required. In order to identify appropriate hearing protection requirements, it is essential for employers to have accurate information detailing the actual noise levels that employees are exposed to.
As per WorkSafe BC, when noise levels in a work facility may exceed 82 dBA Lex, it is mandatory that the employer have noise measurements taken (some exemptions apply). New measurements must also be taken anytime new machinery has been installed or removed, noise levels have changed due to altered workload or equipment operating conditions, structural changes have been made to the facility, or rotations or schedules have changed the length of exposure time.
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