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Noise is a major occupational hazard and must be controlled in the workplace. Short-term exposure to excessive levels of noise can result in temporary hearing loss, ringing or buzzing in the ears, or sudden hearing damage caused by a short burst of extremely loud noise. The long term effect of chronic exposures to noise is permanent hearing loss.

The Noise Control Program applies to all employees who work in noise hazard areas or who have the potential to develop noise-induced hearing loss as a result of their occupation. Nuisance noise, which may be irritating or annoying to some people, but which is not loud enough to be associated with noise-induced hearing loss, does not fall under this program.

Noise Control Program Manual

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