This new Noise Regulation, coming into effect on July 1, 2016,
will cover workplaces including construction projects, health care
facilities, schools, farming operations, and amusement parks.
Employers will have a duty to protect workers from exposure to
hazardous sound levels, with workers to be limited to a maximum
time-weighted exposure of 85 decibels over an eight-hour shift.
Protective measures could include engineering controls, work
practices, and hearing protection devices. If hearing protection
devices are used, the employers also have a duty to provide
adequate training and instruction on that device.
Before this comes into effect, employers should ensure that they
have appropriate measures in place to protect workers' from
exposure to such hazardous sound levels. It should also be noted
that for employers in an industry where noise was previously
regulated by the Regulations for Industrial Establishments,
Regulations for Mines and Mining Plants, or Regulations for Oil and
Gas-Offshore, the noise protections in those regulations have been
revoked, and they are now included in the new Noise Regulation.
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