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  • 10/18/17
    JM Editors
    Implementing an industrial acoustical control strategy goes far beyond selecting an insulation with a high NRC (noise reduction coefficient) value. There are nuances and details that are key to understanding the acoustical needs of the system and selecting the appropriate materials to address those needs.more...
  • 10/18/17
    OSHA
    In any work environment, there can be many reasons to keep sound levels within a reasonable range. Sound levels above this range are perceived as "noise." Noise can distract the workforce, creating an unsafe workplace. Or, worse yet, it can cause hearing loss.more...
  • 10/18/17
    Engineering Industry Noise Task Group
    The following are 10 simple noise control techniques that have wide application across the whole of industry. In many cases, they will produce substantial noise reductions quickly and cheaply - with little or no effect on normal operation or use.Click here to read more about noise control techniques that you can use in industrial facilities.more...
  • 10/18/17
    American Hearing Research Foundation
    Noise induced hearing loss is a permanent hearing impairment resulting from prolonged exposure to high levels of noise. One in 10 Americans has a hearing loss that affects his or her ability to understand normal speech. Excessive noise exposure is the most common cause of hearing loss. The National Institute of Health reports that about 15 percent of Americans aged 20 to 69 have high frequency hearing loss related to occupational or leisure activities. Because of occupational risk of noisemore...
  • 10/04/17
    Doug Fast
    We recently published Part 1 of the blog series,Don’t Settle When It Comes to Vibration. The previous blog addressed several types of insulation that you can use in high-temperature industrial applications where vibration is a component of the environment.more...
  • 10/04/17
    NIOSH
    Loud noise at work can damage hearing. Approximately 22 million U.S. workers are exposed to hazardous noise at work. To minimize occupational noise-induced hearing loss, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends that workers should not be exposed to noise at a level that amounts to more than 85 decibels (dBA) for 8 hours. To create a more healthful workplace, NIOSH recommends an approach based on the hierarchy of control.Click here to learn about themore...
  • 10/04/17
    OSHA
    Twenty-two million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise at work each year. Last year, U.S. business paid more than $1.5 million in penalties for not protecting workers from noise.While it's impossible to put a number to the human toll of hearing loss, an estimated $242 million is spent annually on workers' compensation for hearing loss disability.Each of the elements below is critical to understand in order to ensure that workers are being protected where noise levels are unablemore...
  • 10/04/17
    Elden F. Ray
    Power plant noise control and the principles of acoustic engineering apply universally to virtually every type of facility. The approach is all the same. Noise control becomes a driving factor when having to meet some regulatory or environmental noise requirement. In critical facilities and control rooms it is imperative to have effective communications, which requires a low-noise environment; noisy environments can be quite fatiguing and adversely affect production.Click here to read moremore...
  • 09/27/17
    JM Editors
    We recently hosted a live webinar, “Protecting Pipes in Plenums with Fiberglass.” This webinar tackled some of the big questions people have about interpreting building codes and what it means for the types of insulation materials that are permissible for use in plenum spaces. You can watch a recording of the full webinar here.more...
  • 09/27/17
    UL
    An objective in model mechanical and electrical codes and HVAC standards is to protect life and property from fire and smoke resulting from fires. One of the protection methods used to accomplish this objective involves restricting the spread of smoke within a building by minimizing the ignition sources and combustibility of the elements within the air handling systems.Click here to read more about strategies you can use to minimize ignition sources in plenums.more...