Volume 42, Issue 6 - June 2007
ASEE Emits Hearing Loss Standards
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently announced the approval of a new construction standard that recognizes the need for protecting personnel from hearing loss in construction and demolition operations.
The American National Standard Institute/ASSE A10.46-2007 - Hearing Loss Prevention in Construction and Demolition Workers is one of a series of standards that focuses on construction and demolition.
According to ASSE, it assists employers in preventing occupational hearing loss. The standard applies to all construction and demolition workers with potential exposures of 85 decibels, A-weighted (dBA) and above. The A-scale discriminates against very low frequencies, as does the human ear, and is therefore more appropriate for determining worker exposure to noise.
“Approximately 30 million workers are exposed to hazardous noise on the job and construction workers are often susceptible to occupational hearing loss,” said Richard King, A10 committee chairman and ASSE member. “This standard recognizes the hazards of noise exposure in construction and demolition operations and provides recommendations for preventing hearing loss in those operations.” www.asse.org