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Hearing Loss Prevention Process exceeds Hearing Conservation Program

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Hearing Conservation

Hearing Loss Prevention

Why do anything?

bulletEliminate occupational noise induced hearing loss by effective use of resources

Conduct Monitoring

bulletDosimetry and area monitoring
bulletIdentifies workers for HCP inclusion
bulletUse to select hearing protection
bulletRe-monitor after changes or occasionally
bulletRegularly scheduled, annual or biannual, organization structured task based ex-posure assessment monitoring (T-BEAM)
bulletWorker interaction with noise sources defined
bulletInformation provided to empower workers to protect themselves
bulletDrives noise abatement engineering processes

Who is Included?

bulletInclusion limited to known areas, jobs, or people found to be regularly exposed >85 dB(A)
bulletOrganization structured T-BEAM monitoring strategy identifies workers at risk
bulletConsiders damage/risk criteria

Provide Training

bulletOne-size-fits-all pamphlets or videos
bulletSame training repeated annually
bulletEnable worker to exercise control over the hazard by understanding the hazard
bulletChange worker attitude from victim to self directed manager of their work environment

Hearing Protection

bulletLimited selection
bulletSelect highest available NRR
bulletHPD policy guidelines and enforcement are arbitrary management decisions
bulletCollaborate with worker
bulletFit protectors based on hearing ability and noise environment
bulletEstablish and enforce HPD use policy requirements with workers
bulletWorker ownership of HPD and HPD policy

Hearing Tests

bulletAnnual low cost screening audiogram for known exposed workers
bulletDocuments record of employee hearing loss
bulletQuality audiogram for workers at risk
bulletUse hearing tests to intervene with worker
bulletUse hearing tests to improve training, hearing protection, and engineering opportunities

Program Process Management

bulletVarious disciplines take unrelated actions
bulletIndependent record sets and action plans maintained
bulletRelated information collated and compared in database to provide trend analysis for management review and action


bulletEngineering de-emphasized, hearing protection distributed as a substitute for abatement program
bulletUse monitoring results to prioritize and select abatement priorities providing significant benefit to workers
bulletBuy-Quiet Process


bulletWorker and Employer Partners share responsibility for worker health


bullet$41 per exposed employee per year (1983 dollars)
bulletThe same resource, inflation adjusted (approx. $70 in 1996 dollars), effectively planned and well utilized can provide HLPP

Acceptable Program Outcome

bulletNoise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)
bullet5% STS rate acceptable
bulletHearing loss well documented
bulletEmployer bears full responsibility
bulletZero tolerance for NIHL (0.25% STS rate goal)
bulletIntervene in every case; where possible, before STS
bulletResponsibility shared between employer and worker partners

Copyright 1996-1998 JAA, Inc .(Revised: 12/15/98) James, Anderson & Associates, Inc.