Noise is a major occupational hazard. Short term effects of noise exposure include temporary hearing loss, stress, annoyance, difficulty in verbal communication, and safety hazards. The primary long-term health effect of noise exposure is permanent hearing loss. Both short-term and long-term effects can be prevented by timely recognition, evaluation and control of noise exposure.

If you're a worker, supervisor, employer, health and safety committee member or industrial hygienist, this guide provides an overview of the methods of recognition, evaluation and control of workplace noise exposure. Topics covered include: a review of the units and measures of noise; methods of measuring noise level and noise exposure; instruments used to measure noise; the relationship between noise exposure and risk of hearing loss; noise exposure limits; engineering methods of noise control; and the effectiveness of hearing protectors. Basic components of a hearing conservation.

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