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I would say that even in the better run hearing conservation programs, very few
companies know whether the at-risk workers have been identified. Monitoring is not really
being done with sufficent resolution to know for certain if all at risk workers are
included in the hearing conservation process. We dont know whether we are really
preventing hearing loss and we dont know whether the workers are impaired.
Can we say whether fewer workers are at risk today than 10 years ago? We dont
know whether the noise controls are really working to reduce hearing loss. We arent
sure whether we are in compliance because OSHA has provided very little guidance. We
dont know the weaknesses or strengths of our programs. And, in most cases we have
not even begun to understand what the barriers are to making the program better.