It's National Hearing Protection Month!


Hearing loss is preventable! It's important to educate yourself and your employees on hearing protection.


A few tips:

  • Know your noise levels: if you need to raise your voice to communicate with someone less than 3 feet away, noise levels are likely over 85 decibels. In this type of environment, hearing precautions need to be taken into consideration. OSHA requires employers to administer a "continuing, effective hearing conservation program" whenever employee noise exposures "equal or exceed an 8-hour time-weighted average sound level (TWA) of 85 decibels." Pro tip: You can download the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Sound Level Meter App to measure the loudness of your work environment.

  • Implement inexpensive, effective engineering controls to reduce noise levels. OSHA recommends employers to:

  • Choose low-noise tools and machinery (e.g., Buy Quiet Roadmap (NASA)).

  • Maintain and lubricate machinery and equipment (e.g., oil bearings).

  • Place a barrier between the noise source and employee (e.g., sound walls or curtains).

  • Enclose or isolate the noise source.

  • Implement administrative controls such as:

  • Operating noisy machines during times when the fewest amount of people are around.

  • Limit the amount of time employees spend near a noise source.

  • Offer "quiet zones" where workers can receive a break from noise exposure


Check out OSHA's hearing protection standards here to ensure you are compliant.