HGC Engineering, Canada's Largest Noise Vibration and Acoustics Consulting Firm, to Co-author Article on New Tougher Workplace Noise Legislation

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HGC Engineering - a consulting engineering firm specializing in noise, vibration and acoustics - will be co-authoring with audiologist Marshall Chasin an article in the May/June 2007 issue of Engineering Dimensions magazine. The article will explain changes to Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act that will toughen the regulations for noise exposure in the workplace.

An upcoming article in Engineering Dimensions will be co-authored by HGC Engineering and audiologist Marshall Chasin. From the HGC Engineering 'Noise News' Weblog: "In January, 2007, the government of Ontario, Canada, announced changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act, introducing stricter limits for noise exposure in the workplace. The changes affect virtually all workplaces in the Province. The requirements will come into effect on July 1, 2007, and will toughen the regulation in a number of ways," including a reduction in the allowable daily noise exposure limit for workers, from 90 dBA to 85 dBA. And, "with the new rules, it will be less acceptable to resort to the use of personal hearing protection as a method of reducing a worker's exposure to noise. Instead, the new regulations require that acoustical engineering be investigated to develop industrial noise control and vibration control measures."

The industrial noise control consultants at HGC Engineering maintain that, "while these changes will be beneficial in terms of reducing the risk of noise-induced hearing loss in the workplace, the burden on some industrial noise makers may be onerous."

About HGC Engineering

HGC Engineering is an acoustical consulting engineering firm specializing in environmental and industrial noise control, vibration and architectural acoustics. The firm's experience spans the spectrum of all types of industrial facilities, transportation noise, acoustical engineering for land development, vibration isolation of entire buildings and acoustical design assistance for product development. HGC Engineering maintains a strong focus on measurement, testing, analysis, advanced modeling and design and provides services to many industries across North America and Europe.

HGC Engineering has assisted hundreds of clients internationally in issues of acoustics, noise and vibration. The company principals offer over 60 years of noise control and acoustical consulting experience. The HGC mission is engineering excellence in noise vibration and acoustics.

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