Noise

International Noise Awareness Day

Avoid NoiseOn April 26, 2017, WSPS will participate, along with our health and safety system partners in Ontario and across the globe, in International Noise Awareness Day. This one day global campaign is aimed at raising awareness of noise-induced hearing loss and other disorders that can have a devastating impact on the health and well-being of those affected.

Noise exposure affects people in all industries including at home and in public settings. Whether you are working at a manufacturing plant, using power tools at home, listening to music in your car, or sitting in a busy restaurant - overexposure to noise can lead to variety of health effects including hearing loss.

There are many things companies and employees can do to recognize and reduce noise hazards. To begin with, consider getting advice from a qualified occupational hygienist. They can help isolate specific hazards, prioritize your needs, and offer solutions to ensure you are providing a noise-safe environment for your workers. It is vitally important to recognize and control noise levels at the source early to avoid serious injury including deafness. Noise induced hearing loss is preventable so remember to recognize it early. #AvoidNoise.

 


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Technical Consultants

WSPS occupational hygienists work with you and your staff to identify the most effective ways to improve your employees' work environments and to implement solutions that minimize exposure to noise. Our Technical specialists are part of the Occupational Disease Action Plan for Ontario initiative to help make workplaces safer. WSPS also contributes to the development of standards with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).

Wagish YajamanWagish Yajaman
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Downloads

Agricultural Safety Topic - Protecting Against Noise (English)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Protecting Against Noise (English)

To know the effect of noise on hearing, and to practice proper protection against unsafe noise levels.

277 KB PDF
Agricultural Safety Topic - Protecting Against Noise (Spanish)

Agricultural Safety Topic - Protecting Against Noise (Spanish)

To know the effect of noise on hearing, and to practice proper protection against unsafe noise levels.

702 KB PDF
Hearing Conservation

Hearing Conservation

Once damaged, hearing cannot be restored.  Damaged hearing can affect job performance, health and productivity.
178 KB pdf
Safety Check: Power Press Safety

Safety Check: Power Press Safety

Power press safety for workers.
483 KB PDF
Safety Check: Vacuum Safety

Safety Check: Vacuum Safety

Vacuum Safety tips for workers.
481 KB PDF
Safety Check: Vertical Baler Safety

Safety Check: Vertical Baler Safety

Vertical baler safety for workers.
479 KB PDF
Strategies for Ontario's aging workforce: what workers can do to prevent injuries

Strategies for Ontario's aging workforce: what workers can do to prevent injuries

Designed for businesses in all industries, the poster encourages workers to apply their years of experience in working smarter. Tips relate to the musculoskeletal system, hearing and vision, mental health, and cardiovascular health.

156 KB PDF

Consulting Services

WSPS Safety Group

WSPS Safety Group

WSPS is the largest Safety Group provider and one of the longest running sponsors in the province. With our extensive experience and proven track record, by working with us and other member firms participating firms can achieve better results, and qualify for WSIB rebates.

Training

Noise Control & Hearing Conservation

Noise Control & Hearing Conservation

Noise Control & Hearing Conservation is a half-day (3 hour) course to help participants understand legal requirements regarding workplace noise.
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E-Courses

Preventing Hearing Loss from Workplace Noise (English) (1 hour)

Preventing Hearing Loss from Workplace Noise (English) (1 hour)

The main focus of this course is hearing loss prevention and the ways to eliminate or reduce noise exposure.
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$49.00

Preventing Hearing Loss from Workplace Noise (French) (1 hour)

Preventing Hearing Loss from Workplace Noise (French) (1 hour)

The main focus of this course is hearing loss prevention and the ways to eliminate or reduce noise exposure.
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$49.00

Articles

Noise apps: what you need to know

Noise apps: what you need to know

Measuring noise levels with an app on your smartphone or tablet: what could be simpler? But are the measurements accurate? Could these apps be too good to be true? WSPS eNews asked WSPS Occupational Hygiene Specialist Warren Clements for his perspective on these popular new applications.
Nov 15, 2017
#AvoidNoise - how to prevent hearing loss in the workplace

#AvoidNoise - how to prevent hearing loss in the workplace

Results from a Statistics Canada health study offer disturbing findings regarding adult hearing loss.* Could you or your co-workers be among the 1 in 5 adults aged 19 to 79 who have mild hearing loss or more in at least one ear? Here's another: most people with measured hearing loss were unaware they had any hearing problems. Chances are, with time and continued exposure the problem will get worse.

Apr 10, 2017
A 4-point compliance strategy for Ontario's new noise regulation

A 4-point compliance strategy for Ontario's new noise regulation

A new noise regulation taking effect July 1 will help workplaces better protect employees from the debilitating effects of noise-induced hearing loss. It's more prevalent than you may think. Noise-induced hearing loss claims in Ontario exceed $50 million a year.
Feb 10, 2016
How personal listening devices turn into workplace hazards

How personal listening devices turn into workplace hazards

People wearing personal listening devices (PLDs), such as iPods and other MP3 players, are everywhere - on the bus, walking down the street, ahead of you in line... PLDs are also popular in the workplace, but are users and their co-workers at risk of injury?

Dec 04, 2013