While many occupations have unique workplace safety concerns to address, some considerations, such as noise levels, can be found across a myriad of industries. ANSI S12.19-1996 (R2006), Measurement of Occupational Noise Exposure, is an ANS developed by the Acoustical Society of America, an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, that presents methods to measure the amount of noise that a person is exposed to in the workplace. Once the noise level is ascertained, steps can be taken to prevent hearing loss, such as those detailed in ANSI/ASSE A10.46-2007, Hearing Loss Prevention in Construction and Demolition Workers, an ANS developed by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer.
Protection for the eyes and face are also key elements to workplace safety for many occupations, such as machinery operations, material welding and cutting, chemical handling, and assembly operations. ANSI Z87.1-2003, Practice for Occupational and Educational Eye and Face Protection, is an ANS developed by Accredited Standards Committee Z87. The secretariat for this committee is the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer. This document sets forth criteria related to the description, general requirements, testing, marking, selection, care, and use of protectors to minimize or prevent injuries from hazards such as impact, non-ionizing radiation, and chemicals.
Thanks to standards, workers nationwide can be productive and successful without risking their health or safety.