Recommended Exposure Times of Industry Tools

The equipment found on many typical job sites has the potential to cause significant hearing damage, some after just a few minutes of exposure. The NIOSH Permissible Exposure Time measures the amount of time it takes a certain level of noise to cause significant hearing damage without the use of PPE. 

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The use of PPE helps mitigate and reduce hearing damage and extends the length of time workers can safely be exposed to a particular noise volume. Additionally, training employees in the proper use of their PPE can help you avoid one of OSHA's top 10 most frequently cited violations.

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