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Office Ergonomics - Common Office Injuries

Noise problems

Noise can produce tension and stress and interfere with your ability to concentrate. And it can damage your hearing.

  • Common office noise sources may include:
    • Equipment, including telephones, computers, and printers.
    • Many people working close together, which leads to more voices and foot traffic around work areas.
    • Noise outside the building that comes through office windows.
  • Even low-level noise can reduce your productivity and increase stress levels, leading to problems with muscles and joints.
  • High-level noise is regulated by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as this type of noise can lead to significant hearing loss.

Solutions. You and your company can reduce your risk for hearing loss or other problems associated with noise levels with:

  • Earplugs, to reduce background noise.
  • Acoustic ceiling tiles, to absorb some noise.
  • Relocation of noisy equipment.
  • Window glass, to block out excessive noise.
  • Carpets, to help absorb foot-traffic and conversational noise.
  • Noise-reducing partitions, to reduce noise around workstations.
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Last Updated: November 19, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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