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For years, noise-induced hearing loss has been the leading cause of non-fatal occupational disease claims in Ontario. A person suffering a hearing loss usually will not realize it. By the time you notice the effects, it is often too late to prevent the hearing loss from becoming permanent. Noise may be harmful at levels that you don't consider to be annoying or disruptive. Recognize, assess and control noise hazards in the workplace to prevent overexposure to noise and reduce the risk of noise-induced hearing loss.  

For information on how to control noise hazards, check out IHSA's Basics of Hearing Protection tutorial.


International Noise Awareness Day

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Join workplaces across Ontario in taking steps to minimize overexposure to noise in the workplace. All over the world, people, organizations, and governments will commemorate the 22nd Annual International Noise Awareness Day (INAD). The Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC) founded this yearly event in 1996 to encourage people take action against bothersome noise where they work, live, and play. Find out more.

Between 2006 and 2015, approximately 30,000 workers in Ontario suffered noise-induced hearing loss, according to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). Noise-induced hearing loss is completely preventable. To assist your workplace in stopping this disease, take some time to review the list of resources below.


Noise Regulation

On July 1, 2016, Regulation 381/15: Noise came into effect in Ontario. This new regulation defines acceptable noise levels in workplaces and governs the use of controls. The Ministry of Labour created a Guide to the Noise Regulation to help employers and workers implement the requirements outlined in the legislation.  


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