In an effort to protect workers from noise-induced hearing loss, a new noise regulation will be coming into effect July 1, 2016.

The update now includes construction projects, health care facilities, schools, farming operations, fire services, police services, and amusement parks.

Key changes include:

  1. New Noise Regulation:

    • prescribing, for workers exposed to noise, a maximum time-weighted exposure limit of 85 decibels over an eight-hour work shift

    • requiring employers to put in place measures to reduce workers’ exposure based on a “hierarchy of controls”, which could include engineering controls, work practices, and the use of personal protective equipment in the form of hearing protection devices and

    • requiring employers who provide a worker with a hearing protection device to provide adequate training and instruction on that device.

  2. Amendments to the regulations for Industrial Establishments, Mines and Mining Plants, and Oil and Gas-Offshore:

    • The noise protection sections in the Industrial Establishments, Mines and Mining Plants, and Oil and Gas-Offshore Regulations were revoked. They are now incorporated into the new Noise Regulation.

  3. Amendments to the Farming Operations Regulation:

    • The Farming Operations Regulation was amended in order to apply the Noise Regulationto farming operations.

For more information, visit the Ministry of Labour website

Guideline can be found here: https://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/hs/pubs/noise/