OSHA Adds Chapter about Noise

OSHA just added and published a new chapter addressing noise to the OSHA Technical Manual.


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OSHA just added and published a new chapter addressing noise to the OSHA Technical Manual. This chapter provides technical information and guidance to help compliance safety and health officers (CSHOs) evaluate noise hazards in the workplace.

The content is based on currently available research publications, OSHA standards and consensus standards. The chapter is divided into six main sections:

  • Introduction and background information about noise and noise regulations and an overview of noise controls.
  • Worksite noise evaluations, including noise measurement equipment, noise evaluation procedures and noise sampling.
  • Investigative guidelines (including methods for planning the investigation) and outlines a strategy for conducting noise evaluations.
  • Noise hazard abatement and control, including engineering and administrative controls, hearing protection, noise conservation programs, cost comparisons between noise hazard abatement options, and case studies.
  • References used to produce this chapter and resources for obtaining additional information.
  • Appendices provide a glossary of terms, sample calculations, and expanded discussion of certain topics introduced in the chapter.


We made links available to the OSHA Field Technical Manual PDF in March of 2012 at our blog here.

You might also want to grab a copy of the OSHA Employers Rights And Responsibilities Handbook.

PMPA takes our responsibility to help our members intelligently manage the risks of regulation burden. How do you stay on top of all of the new regulations emerging from Washington D.C. regulators these days?


Originally posted on PMPAspeakingofprecision.com blog.