Laboratory Safety Noise
This guidance is advisory in nature and informational in content. It is not a standard or a regulation, and it neither creates new legal obligations nor alters existing obligations created by OSHA standards (i.e., the Occupational Noise Exposure standard: 29 CFR 1910.95) or the Occupational Safety and Health Act. In preparing this guidance, OSHA reviewed existing practices and programs as well as available scientific information on noise in laboratories, and reflects comments received from representatives of selected professional associations and laboratories.
Millions of workers are exposed to dangerous levels of noise in their workplaces.
Over the past 20 years, government agencies have consistently identified noise-induced hearing loss as one of the top concerns of workers. Noise in laboratories is a growing concern.
Because of concern about noise in clinical laboratories, accrediting agencies are
implementing special emphasis programs on noise reduction in these workplaces.
As a result of this concern, the College of American Pathologists added laboratory
noise evaluation to their General Checklist for Accreditation.
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