Washington Noise: What you need to know
Washington’s noise reduction rules in general industry workplaces mirror federal rules, and the state has adopted some requirements that are stricter than federal rules (WAC 296-817-100 to 296-817-600). These stricter standards address exposure-monitoring reports, noise-measuring equipment, hearing protectors, and signage.
NOISE EXPOSURE MONITORING
The employer must notify each employee whose exposure equals or exceeds 85 decibels (dB) a time-weighted average (TWA) of the monitoring results within 5 working days of receiving the results. HEARING PROTECTOR THRESHOLDS
Hearing protectors must reduce employee exposure to a TWA of 85 decibels or below. Employers must ensure that hearing protectors are worn by any employee who is exposed to noise above 115 dB for one second or more, or who is exposed to any impulsive or impact noise measured at or above 140 dB measured using fast response. HEARING PROTECTOR SELECTION
The employer must offer each exposed employee at least two distinct types of protectors (e.g., molded earplugs, foam earplugs, custom-molded earplugs, ear caps, or earmuffs). The protectors must be sufficient to cover different levels of hearing protection needed in order to reduce all employee exposures to a level below 85 dBA TWA, different sizes, and different working conditions.
The employer must consider requests of the employees regarding physical comfort, environmental conditions, medical needs, and communication requirements. POSTING OF WARNING SIGNS
Signs must be posted at entrances to or on the periphery of all well-defined work areas in which employees may be exposed at or above 115 dB ...
>> Read more about Noise
More on this topic:
New Hampshire |
New Jersey |
New Mexico |
New York |
North Carolina |
North Dakota |
Rhode Island |
South Carolina |
South Dakota |
West Virginia |
Washington Noise Resources
Audio Click 'n Train: Noise and Hearing Conservation
This movie-like version of the powerpoint presentation with audio makes it easy to deliver Noise and Hearing Conservation training. This ready-to-deliver meeting gives you effective toolbox training - no preparation required! Includes meeting outlines, customizable PowerPoint slides, handouts, quiz, trainer's guide and more!"
Click 'n Train: Noise and Hearing Conservation
Complete PowerPoint training meeting makes it easy to deliver Noise and Hearing Conservation training. This ready-to-deliver meeting gives you effective toolbox training - no preparation required! Includes meeting outlines, customizable PowerPoint slides, handouts, and quiz."
Safety.BLR.com - Making Safety Training and Compliance Easier
Safety training and compliance just got easier. You get easy access to hundreds of training solutions, easy-to-understand regulatory analysis, analysis of federal and state full-text regs, regulatory activity, news, and best practices. Safety.BLR.com - your online safety solution."
Click 'n Train Spanish/English Edition - Hearing Conservation
Complete Spanish/English PowerPoint training meeting makes it easy to deliver Noise & Hearing Conservation training. This ready-to-deliver meeting gives you effective toolbox training - no preparation required! Includes a trainer's guide, interactive exercises, customizable PowerPoint slides, handouts, training tips, a quiz and training certificate."
Explains OSHA regulations concerning noise in the workplace, the problems that noise can cause, and the need to protect hearing on and off the job. Also covers how noise is measured, how hearing is tested, and the use of hearing protectors. (44 pages)"