Do you have to shout to be heard from three feet away?
If so, you are dangerously exposed to loud noise.
Noise exposure is one of the most common occupational health issues. Too often, exposure to noise for a prolonged period results in permanently damaged hearing. Moreover, the extent of noise exposure includes many other health-related issues such as stress, hypertension and fatigue.
Because of the pervasive effects of noise, you and your employees must understand the importance of protection hearing under OSHA's Hearing Conservation Programs.
Hearing Conservation Programs (HCPs) begins with an investigation into potential noise exposures on your worksite, also known as noise monitoring. This determines whether workers are exposed to noises at or above 85 decibels for an average 8-hour workday.
Based on noise monitoring results, you can create a plan of action for employees who need to be part of a program. Moreover, you can identify the specific type of hearing protection needed for employees based on noise exposure levels, employee comfort and listening needs on the job.
A Hearing Conservation Program must include:
1. Noise monitoring: This includes an investigation into possible noise-exposure issues
2. Hearing protection acquisitions based on noise monitoring results
3. Hearing protection training: education and training for employees and employers
4. Hearing testing and immediate validation of hearing shifts
· Retesting of validated shifts
· Reassessments of hearing protection device needs for affected employees
You are required the noise hazard and exposed population through area and personal noise monitoring.
· Reportable OSHA and FRA shifts - 10db average change from current test to baseline (at 2k, 3k and 4k) and 25db average hearing level on current test at 2k, 3k and 4k.
When your workers are not protected, both your company and your employees suffer heavy consequences.
Some of the issues affecting your company may include:
· Increased safety liability
· Increased disability dollars incurred
· Increased administration costs
Some of the issues affecting your employees may include:
· Temporary hearing loss
· Increased safety risk
Examinetics provides convenient mobile compliance health services designed to reduce absenteeism and save money. Through annual screening and consistent data-driven information, Examinetics' services and technology improve your efforts to keep your employees productive and safe. As your partner in workforce health, we provide:
· Historical data and reports that give you insights into your population's health
Our team of experts audiologists, lead by Dr. Cindy Bloyer, AUD. CCC-A, CPS/A, can determine if any hearing loss is the result of workplace noise exposure or non-work-related. This includes:
· Follow-up testing
· Questionnaire and workplace noise exposure records
This is business-to-business information intended for EHS (environmental health and safety) professionals and not intended for the final consumer. Companies should check the local regulatory status of any claim according to their individual needs, requirements and intended use.