Hearing Protection

Workers exposed to excessive noise must use appropriate PPE including ear plugs, muffs, or both when engineering or administrative controls are not feasible to reduce exposure. 

Hearing protection is part of a hearing conservation program, which is required when noise exposure exceeds the action level [85 decibels on the A scale (dBA)].

Potential Hazards:   

Some operations in the shipyard produce excessive noise, which may lead to hearing loss. Some of the loudest ship repair operations include:

  • Abrasive blasting
  • Needle gunning
  • Scaling
  • Grinding
  • Carbon Arcing/Arc gouging
  • Pneumatic pumps
  • High-pressure steam cleaning
  • Ventilation equipment

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