|Noise Safety Standards address the many factors involved in preventing injury or discomfort resulting from the effects of sound. Whether by designing devices in such a way as to reduce noise output, manipulating that noise before it reaches people, or through the use of personal protective equipment such as earmuffs, noise safety takes many forms, each tailored to meet the specific types of noise present in an environment.|
Noise safety standards seek to reduce the occurrence of the negative effects of noise, ranging from temporary distraction to short-term hearing loss, all the way through to permanent hearing loss or deafness.
While environments such as construction sites are obvious examples for the need for noise safety standards, other environments, such as office workplaces, present situations where the need for noise safety isn’t immediately obvious, and, as a result, not always implemented to the detriment of the employees working there. Furthermore, noise safety standards come into play not only in determining where noise should be attenuated but also in guiding the process, from the initial measurement of noise, to the options available to reduce it, their effectiveness, implementation, and overall result of noise safety programs.
One major developer of noise safety standards is the Acoustical Society of America (ASA). Founded in 1929, ASA has been publishing noise safety standards for decades.
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