Lately, we’ve had a lot of customers rent our area sound level and personal noise exposure instruments to help design and implement their hearing protection programs. By knowing the source of loud ambient noise or measure workers’ day-long exposure to noise, they can determine where workers need to be using hearing protection gear, like noise-cancelling headphones or ear plugs.
The other day, a customer asked me this: When I’m doing an 8-hour time-weighted average study, what do I tell the workers to do during lunch? Do they turn the noise monitors off? Do I collect them?
It’s a great question, and the answer is, of course: It depends.
But let me explain what I mean by that…
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