Environment: Rumblings About Noise

"A second battle of Gettysburg" is what AFL-CIO Executive George Taylor hyperbolically calls the U.S. Department of Labor hearings that start this week in Washington. At issue: regulation of the amount of noise in U.S. factories, a billion-dollar problem that another AFL-CIO official terms "the most ubiquitous hazard in the workplace."

Since 1971, the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recommended, but barely enforced, a maximum of 90 decibels—the sound of a heavy truck—throughout an eight-hour workday. OSHA wants to keep to that level. The Environmental Protection Agency and the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!