Ouch, My Ears Hurt! – Patients Complain of Hospital Noise

Ouch, My Ears Hurt! – Patients Complain of Hospital Noise

In 2012, Medicare began using patient satisfaction surveys to determine hospital reimbursement. Patients often give the lowest ratings to noise levels during their stay – for good reason! Studies show that elevated noise levels affect sleep, blood pressure, wound healing, and pain management. Some noise reduction strategies are simple, such as closing doors, implementing quiet hours, and reducing medical alarms in the patients’ rooms. For hospitals looking to take their noise control to the next level, an investment of $50,000 in architectural noise control products can result in $150,000 of increased Medicare reimbursements over three years.

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OSHA Celebrates 50 Years in 2020

OSHA Celebrates 50 Years in 2020

In 1970, President Richard Nixon signed the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA) into law. OSHA was created to ensure safe working conditions for the nation’s blue-collar workforce. OSHA’s early protections included asbestos, lead, and carcinogens. In the 1980s, noise exposure was included in the list. Today, employers are required to provide hearing protection to their workers if noise exposure is above the OSHA permissible exposure limit (PEL) of 90 dBA for an 8-hour workday. An increase of just 5 dBA to 95 dBA lowers the permissible exposure time to just 4 hours. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), has more strict recommendations such as 85 dBA for an 8-hour day, but employers are not required by law to follow them. Many common construction tools operate at above the recommended levels for both OSHA and NIOSH (see below image via CDC).

IAC NoiseFoil panel installation begins at Santa Fe Springs Well no 12.

IAC NoiseFoil panel installation begins at Santa Fe Springs Well no 12.

As designed by AKM Consulting Engineers, built by Kana Engineering Group, IAC Acoustics Noise foil panels provide durable, effective noise control to limit reverberation in the plant.  This dual benefit cuts noise inside the building making the plant more comfortable for operators and reduces the noise that might emanate from the facility.  IAC 2″ absorption panels are tested to deliver as high as 1.48 NRC when installed with maximum edge exposure in an array with 3″ spacing…each panel contributing 1.00 NRC (face only).  Standard powder coated perforated panels and joiners mean attractive surfaces and life time serviceability for the plant.  Soundproof doors, acoustic louvers and silencers serve to further reduce the noise in the community for the new state-of-the-art facility.

IAC Acoustics announces new US manufacturing plant in Lincoln Nebraska

AC Bronx Engineering and Sales to be relocated to new Bronx office complex and new manufacturing facility is being built.

Transition expects to be complete by the end of the year 2014.

“All commercial activities for our US commercial noise customers will be relocated to a new office facility in the New York area. This will keep all commercial operations close by to ensure continued focus on service delivery and close customer relationships and retain key skills.

The new state of the art Lincoln manufacturing facility will allow us to drive improved manufacturing processes, delivery performance and product quality to further improve our performance for our customers and grow the business.

Calum Forsyth, CEO IAC Acoustics”