Procurement practices can help prevent noise exposure

While many member employers aren’t typically directly involved in construction or manufacturing process that are known for high noise levels, there are many opportunities for workers to be overexposed to noise levels outside of these occupation areas. 

Operation of seasonal power tools and equipment such as leaf collectors, walk-behind snow blowers, chain saws, and power tools could easily add up to an overexposure situation for the operator. 

Procurement practices to purchase quieter tools should be incorporated into your purchasing plan to minimize costly hearing loss claims.  Additionally, workers who are exposed to excess levels of noise on a regular basis tend to be operating at higher stress levels. 

Who wants to add stress to our already stressed workforce?  Take a look at the information offered by NIOSH for tips on purchasing quiet tools and equipment.

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