OSHA to Focus on New England Manufacturers with High Noise Levels 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a new program in New England to target the hazards of high noise levels in manufacturing businesses.The focus is on companies that make metal, plastic, wood and stone or produce meat, dairy and bakery products. Exposure to high noise levels can cause permanent hearing loss.Officials plan to identify and inspect noisy workplaces, then help employers find better ways to protect their workers. The Department of Labor says every year, about 22 million employees nationwide are exposed to potentially damaging noise levels.