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from Farm Safety For Just Kids

Hazardous levels of noise
are produced by many things on the farm, including grain dryers, tractors,
combines, livestock, chainsaws, and firearms. Any noise that leaves you with
ringing in the ears or you are in a noisy location and you have to raise your
voice to be heard, the noise is too loud!

Protect your hearing by
doing the following:


  1. Reduce
    sound levels – 

    When
    selecting new equipment, ask about sound levels and pick the quietest option.

  2. Perform
    routine equipment maintenance – 

    For example, fixing mufflers on engines, lubricating bearings,
    and replacing worn parts will reduce noise levels and improve farming
    operations.

  3. Isolate
    yourself from noise

     –
    Working in motorized equipment equipped with cabs or enclosures will reduce
    noise exposure.

  4. Use
    personal protective equipment – 

    Since purchasing newer, quieter equipment is not always an
    option, use hearing protection when working in noisy settings. The earmuff
    style offers the best protection and is easy to use. Expandable ear plugs are
    the next best option but these require proper insertion to be effective: roll
    them up, insert into the ear, and hold in place while they expand to fill the
    ear canal.

  5. Mark
    “High Noise Zones” – 

    anywhere
    there is risk of excessive noise exposure. Have a set of earmuffs or earplugs
    in or near every high noise setting on the farm.

  6. Choose
    the highest Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) – 

    This is usually between 15
    and 30 decibels. Chose the hearing protection with the highest NRR value.

  7. Limit
    daily exposure duration – 

    Reducing the amount of time you are exposed to noise can limit
    its harmful effects.

Check out the Great Plains
Center For Agriculture Health
 for more information about
preventing hearing loss among our nation’s farmers and agriculture workers.

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