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      Can a noisy workplace damage your heart?

      One of the most common workplace hazards in the USA is loud noise. In fact, one in four Americans have been exposed to loud levels of noise at work. A recent report from the US Government states that it’s not just the hearing that gets impacted, it can also elevate Cholesterol and blood pressure levels which can lead to cardiac problems.

      A study by NIOSH scientists looked at data from the 2014 U.S. National Health Interview Survey and concluded that 41 million Americans had a history of noise exposure at work. Out of these 12% were diagnosed with hearing problems, 24% with high blood pressure levels and 28% with high cholesterol. 

      Hypertension and elevated cholesterol levels can push up the risk for Heart Disease. Loud noise also increases stress levels, and this is bad for the heart too. Employees should be screened on a regular basis to make sure that they are healthy.

      The noisiest occupations

      It has been found that occupations with the highest levels of noise exposure were as follows: production (55%); construction and extraction (54%); installation, maintenance, and repair (54%); transportation and material moving (44%); and protective service (36%).

      How to reduce noise pollution at work

      • While designing the building, sound insulation on the walls and ceiling can make a big difference to how sound travels
      • Ear protection can be highly effective, ear plugs help
      • If there are machines that make noise, erect enclosures around them to reduce sound levels
      • Go in for barriers and screens to block the direct path of sound
      • Make sure noise sources are placed away from workers
      • Keep machinery updated, the more the wear and tear, the greater the noise will be
      • Install sound insulating equipment on fixtures and machinery
      • Rotate the schedule of workers, so that exposure to noise is limited

       

       

       

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