OSHA Backs Off New Workplace Noise Reduction Plan

Law360, New York (January 19, 2011, 3:01 PM EST) -- The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Wednesday shied away from a proposal to require most businesses to keep overall workplace noise levels at a volume that won’t damage workers’ hearing rather than simply give employees earplugs or other protective gear.

The agency had hoped to require a broader fix — such as limiting employee’s exposure to loud noises or installing noise dampening equipment — unless the company could prove it was economically impossible to do so.

But a backlash against the plan by lawmakers...
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