|Press Release On: A National
Communication Planning Meeting, Preventing
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss for the Public and the Worker, December 1,
||The National Institute on
Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), National Institutes of Health (NIH),
in collaboration with the National Institute on Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), and
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is preparing a national
campaign to promote the idea that each worker and employer should be aware of the
importance and value of our hearing ability. This campaign recognizes that
hearing health is not currently a national priority, while the average citizen is exposed
to more noise risks than ever before. Yet, few people are motivated to take the necessary
self-protective actions to protect their hearing. This makes it more difficult for
employers to promote hearing healthy behaviors in the workforce. Click the link to learn
|PREVENTING OCCUPATIONAL HEARING LOSS -- A PRACTICAL GUIDE
|This is NIOSH's current 'Best-Practice-Guide'
describing the elements of an effective Hearing Loss Prevention Process.
Provided courtesy of NIOSH.
|Acoustical Society of America, Meeting June 1998
Session-Noise and Engineering Acoustics, Invited Paper Sound
|Assessment of worker sound exposure based on
incremental task sound levels has a history dating back to the earliest days of
recognition of noise as a hearing hazard. Sound exposure profiling (SEP) uses current
technology to compile task-based sound measurements to model long-term risk of exposure to
hazardous noise. SEP is an alternative to full-shift dosimeter techniques for sound
exposure assessment. The methodology offers the advantage of providing additional
information about noise sources and how worker interaction with the noise sources results
in long term risk. SEP has been adopted by major corporations as their corporate strategy
for assessment of worker sound exposure and is supported in ANSI S12.19-1997,
"Measurement of Occupational Noise Exposure." This paper describes SEP and its
applications to industry.
1998-The Hearing Conservation Amendment on Trial
||The 1998 American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition
was held in Atlanta, GA. Here we provide some of the presentations made in the May
12 roundtable "The Hearing Conservation Amendment: Has it Protected the
Control of Workplace Hazards for the 21st Century: Setting the Research Agenda.
|This workshop, sponsored by NIOSH, AIHA,
and ASSE was held on March 10-12 1998 in Chicago,
IL. The workshop goal was to develop a prioritized national control technology
research agenda aimed at making workplaces safer and healthier.
Occupational Hearing Loss
|National Occupational Research Agenda report on Occupational
Available in Microsoft WORD
95 or WordPerfect format.
S12.19-1996 Measurement of Occupational Noise Exposure
||A review of key concepts in this standard which forms the 'Best-Practice
' guide for occupational noise monitoring programs.
Concepts in Risk Assessment using Profiling/T-Beam methods
||Excerpts from a staff level training program on state-of-the
art sound exposure risk assessment methods.
|Key Concepts in Noise Control Awareness Training
||Excerpts from a staff level training program on basics of
noise control for staff and skilled trades.
Loss Prevention as Business Process
||The slides and speaker notes from one of the
presenters at the AIHCE 98 Roundtable that put the OSHA Hearing Conservation Amendment on
After 30 years of occupational noise regulations should businesses have integrated hearing
health policies into their regular business plan? This presentation makes the case
that it could and should have been an integral part of all business processes. A
real thought provoking presentation!
|OSHA revises hearing protection rules.
||OSHA document highlighting the changes necessary to estimate
real-world attenuation values for hearing protection, including the use of subject-fit