OSHA 3498-12N, Noise in Construction Pocket Guide
OSHA 3498-12N, Noise in Construction Pocket Guide, Washington DC, Occupational Safety & Health Administration, 2011.
If you are a construction worker, this pocket guide is written for you. Small contractors should also find this information helpful. You are encouraged to go to the references in this document and to the OSHA website for more information.
This guidance document is not a standard or regulation, and it creates no new legal obligations. The guidance is advisory in nature, informational in content, and is intended to help construction workers and supervisors understand and reduce noise exposure on jobites. Employers are required to comply with safety and health standards as issued and enforced by either the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), or an OSHA-approved State Plan. In addition, Section 5(a)(1) of The Occupational Safety and Health Act, the General Duty Clause, requires employers to provide their workers with aworkplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm. Employers can be cited for violating the General Duty Clause if there is such a recognized hazard and they do not take reasonable steps to prevent or abate the hazard. However, failure to implement these guidelines is not, in itself, a violation of the General Duty Clause. Citations can only be based on standards, regulations, and the General Duty Clause.