Exposure to excessive noise levels over a long period can cause hearing loss and an increase in blood pressure and stress levels. Also, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires a Noise Conservation Program for sound levels measured at 85 db (A) and higher.
Although noise is not considered a typical workplace hazard in a hospital environment, there are some departments, areas or activities where noise can be a problem. This includes areas such as the boiler and generator room in Facilities or Engineering Department, the kitchen, laundry services and some construction areas. Activities in Facilities maintenance shops, print shop, use of lawnmowers, snow blowers and use of some hand held tools also generate high noise levels.
The following are measures the Hospital takes to protect employees from excessive noise:
For assistance in determining if noise levels in your department or work area is an occupational hazard, please contact Environmental Health and Safety Department.
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