If you work in a high noise area, preventing hearing loss is of utmost importance. Whenever possible, attempts should be made to control noise levels through engineering controls or operational changes before resorting to hearing protection. Equipment that is operating more loudly than usual may just need maintenance. Also, installing noise attenuating devices in an inherently noisy environment may alleviate noise levels. If, however, the noise level cannot be controlled sufficiently, hearing protection should be employed.
If you suspect that your laboratory environment exceeds acceptable noise levels, contact EHS for help. EHS has instruments for measuring decibel levels and can make recommendations on possible ways to reduce the noise level or on types of hearing protection that would be appropriate for the situation.