Ventilation in Your Workplace
Is It Clearing the Air?
No workplace receives 100 percent fresh, outside air. Usually, the fresh air is mixed with used workplace air and then circulated. In some buildings, the outside air dampers are shut and there is virtually no fresh air. The same air may be re-circulated and breathed over and over again. This is what to look for in evaluating your ventilation system:
Keeping the Noise Down
Ear Plugs Are Not the Only Answer
HOW NOISE CAN HURT YOU
- Damage to hearing. Long-term exposure to high noise levels may cause severe hearing loss and can also cause "ringing" in the ears.
- Damage to the rest of the body. High noise levels may contribute to diseases caused by stress, such as ulcers and heart disease. Many workers exposed to noise complain of headaches, irritability, nervousness, and fatigue.