Chuck Ashelin is engineering manager for Zoneworks. A 15-year industry veteran, he holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. For more information on Zoneworks products, call 800-553-4834 or visit www.zoneworks.com.
Loud noises such as a backing semi-trailer or a fire alarm alert workers of impending danger. However, loud noises themselves can be dangerous, causing a host of immediate and long-term problems for employees and operations.
In addition to long-term damage, OSHA warns that excessive noise can cause physical and psychological stress, reduce productivity, interfere with communication and concentration, and contribute to workplace accidents and injuries.