Excessive noise levels can put the health of workers at risk and lower their productivity. Some noise reduction efforts are mandated by OSHA. Others are optional but worth considering. These are three ways you can reduce factory noise.
1. Stop Noise at Its Source
There are a variety of methods you can use to reduce the noise generated in your factory. Equipment and machine enclosures can block some of the noise generated by the machinery in your factory. Additionally, adding sound dampening features, such as a noise reducing caster, to unenclosed equipment can significantly cut down on overall noise levels.
2. Require Hearing Protection
If you can not reduce the noise levels from equipment to an acceptable level, you can reduce the amount of noise that reaches your employees’ ears by requiring them to use hearing protection. The most common hearing protection in use is earmuffs and earplugs. Auditory …