Printech Archives, December 1997: Hearing protection, binderies & music.

Hearing protection, binderies & music.

Scott Schuler (
Wed, 17 Dec 1997 18:13:53 EST

Here's the question:

A printer's bindery department routinely exceeds the OSHA 90db exposure level.
They have implemented a hearing conservation program and require hearing
protection. However, because of the boring, monotonous nature of the work,
the employees are practically demanding that they be allowed to wear music
headphones to make the work bearable. I have identified one brand of ear-muff
style hearing protection/FM radio that limits the headphone volume to 82db.
Is this a viable option to satisfy OSHA and the employees? What have other
companies done to address this issue? All comments would be appreciated. I
am writing an article on hearing protection for an upcoming PIM newsletter and
would like to include information on this common problem. Thanks for your

Scott Schuler



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