The modern workplace is full of noise. Whether you’re in a machine shop or office environment, loud sounds are everywhere, generated by a variety of machines that allow you the opportunity to carry out your work.
While some loud sounds are unavoidable at work, many can be prevented through the use of noise reduction equipment and investing in quieter machines. It is important to reduce occupational noise as much as possible, as prolonged exposure to it can have a drastic effect on your employees’ health and safety.
Let’s take a look at a couple of reasons why you should try to reduce occupational noise in your workplace.
Loud Occupational Noise Accelerates Hearing Loss
There are a couple of mechanisms by which loud noise can bring about hearing loss. Exceptionally loud noise can alter your inner ear structure and cause tinnitus, a condition that is best described as a ringing between the ears. Should your employees experience hearing loss, their ability to heed warnings from co-workers and plant machinery can be diminished, increasing the risk of injury.
OSHA estimates that every year $242 million is spent on workers’ compensation claims for hearing loss incurred at the workplace. Save your company time, money and possible litigation — do what you can to reduce noise in the workplace and protect your staff from hearing loss.
Other Health Ramifications Related to Occupational Noise
A noisy work environment isn’t just dangerous to your employees’ ears. It can also have other devastating effects on their health. Many studies have identified a link between occupational noise and hypertension, a serious medical condition that can lead to heart issues and strokes. Occupational noise is also believed to be linked with other disorders including sleep deprivation and behavioral issues.
Protect your employees’ health — invest in equipment that offers quiet operation and provide your staff with noise reduction equipment.
Loud Occupational Noise Increases the Risk of Injury and Equipment Damage
If your employees work in an environment where noise obstructs their ability to communicate, you’re putting them at risk for harm and jeopardizing the integrity of your company’s equipment. One missed auditory signal could be the difference between a successfully completed project and a major injury. Don’t put your employees in a situation they could be hurt. Take steps to reduce occupational noise in your workplace.
Consider Getting a Noise Assessment
If you’re concerned about the noise level of your workplace, consider conducting a noise assessment. You may be surprised to find how much excess noise your machines generate. A noise assessment is a unique opportunity for you to gauge the efficiency of your work environment to determine what needs to be upgraded.
How Quincy Compressors Can Help Reduce Noise in the Workplace
Quincy Compressor produces industry-leading compressor solutions for a wide variety of professional applications. We manufacture reliable products backed by extensive warranties. Our compressors strike a balance between high output capacity and quiet operation — Quincy’s new QGD and QGDV units produce three decibels less noise compared to similar machines.
Contact us today to learn how our products can help you reduce occupational noise in your workplace and protect your employees’ safety and health.