SPRINGFIELD – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced they are implementing a Regional Emphasis Program (REP) for workplace Exposure to Noise Hazards. Subsequently, OSHA will increase random inspections at facilities which fall under the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes listed in the REP (CPL 04-00-27). The Illinois Department of Labor tells TMA that OSHA Region V will be targeting manufacturers with NAICS codes 32 & 33 (see below).
The Illinois Onsite Safety and Health Consultation Program is available to provide assistance by providing the following:
· Web based training on best practices for noise reduction
· Baseline information about the Occupational Noise standard (29 CFR 1910.95)
· Identify additional resources to assist employers better protect their employees (NIOSH and OSHA)
· Conduct on site noise surveys
The Consultation Program is a free occupational health and safety service that assists small and midsize manufacturers (250 or fewer employees) with safety and health needs at their facilities. The services are voluntary and provided through federal and state tax dollars. An obligation on the part of the employer to correct any serious safety or health conditions identified during the survey is required when a request for services is submitted.
If you are interested in receiving OSHA’s on-site consultation services, contact them at one of the following sources:
ILLINOIS ONSITE SAFETY AND HEALTH CONSULTATION PROGRAM
524 S. 2nd Street, Suite 400
Springfield, IL 62701