Hearing is a critical sense.
We use our hearing to identify, recognize, and localize sound, for interpersonal communications, and as a primary safety mechanism. Manufacturing, construction, mining, transportation and industrial sites can expose employees to high levels of potentially hazardous noise. When noise exposure causes hearing loss and/or tinnitus, it can create long-term communication difficulties and impact quality of life, limit productivity and contribute to on-the-job injuries and mishaps.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), employers are required to provide a “continuing, effective hearing conservation program” for employees who are exposed to potentially hazardous noise. For some employers, the task of creating a comprehensive hearing conservation program (HCP) can be daunting.
- What is an HCP?
- How much noise is too much noise?
- What do the regulations require?
- Where do we begin?
- Is all of this effort actually protecting people?
The Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) and the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) have partnered to produce a training event which addresses these and many other questions relating to the delivering a comprehensive hearing loss prevention program.
Continuing education units are available through AAA, ASHA and AAOHN.
To learn more about each of the training events, click on the titles below.