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This summer 1, 2016: All Ontario companies must adhere to new noise regulation

This summer 1, 2016: All Ontario companies must adhere to new noise regulation

By This summer 1, 2016, all Ontario companies is going to be needed to conform with a brand new place of work noise Regulation underneath the Work-related Safety and health Act.

The brand new Regulation (381/15) replaces noise protection needs presently within the rules for Industrial Institutions, Mines and Mining Plants, and Gas and oil-Offshore. Individuals rules affect many – although not all – Ontario companies.

The noise obligations is going to be new for companies using the following kinds of workplaces:

  • construction projects
  • health care facilities
  • schools
  • farming operations
  • fire services
  • police services
  • amusement parks

The new Regulation’s basic requirements are:

-Employers must take “all measures reasonably necessary in the circumstances to protect workers from exposure to hazardous sound levels”

-The noise-protection measures must “include the provision and use of engineering controls, work practices” and, where required (and permitted), hearing protection devices

-In general, every employer must ensure that “no worker is exposed to a sound level greater than an equivalent sound exposure level of 85 dBA, Lex,8” (as calculated according to the Regulation) without requiring workers to wear hearing protection devices

-Hearing-protection devices are a secondary (not primary) noise-protection solution and will be permitted in only certain listed circumstances

-Employers must, where practicable, post a warning sign at every approach to an area where the sound level regularly exceeds 85

-Employers who provide hearing-protection devices must provide appropriate hearing-protection training to workers who use those devices.

The Regulation may be found online here.



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  1. They are both a disgrace and should be embarrassed to supposedly represent New Yorke1′ best interests. They are just like two high school kids duking it out via the media. Why people keep voting for idiots like these two is beyond me. 🙁

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