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Machinery Noise Control: The First Step

May 18, 2021

Before time and money are invested in implementation of noise controls, the first step should be to ensure the noise concern is not due to improper equipment setup and/or maintenance related. The recommended step here is to meet with engineering and maintenance representatives to ascertain their opinions on the matter as it relates to elevated…

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Now Hear This: Right Steps for Hearing Conservation Training

April 19, 2021

Dr. Vickie Tuten and Dr. Kathy Gates, Contributors Hear, hear! Industrial hygienists serve key roles in providing education and training, one of the essential elements of a Hearing Conservation Program (HCP).  Consistent delivery of effective education can have a positive impact on influencing workers to voluntarily adopt behaviors that preserve their sense of hearing. The…

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Listen Up! A note from NHCA

February 3, 2021

The National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) was formed in 1976. The founders of NHCA were mainly audiologists and otolaryngologists who were concerned with the serious problem of noise-induced hearing impairment resulting from occupational exposure to noise. The Association was created to provide a forum where professionals with similar interests could share information and gain increased…

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Protect Your Workforce Against Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

February 3, 2021

Steve Ochs, Contributor An estimated 22 million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise at work each year.[1] For employers, worker exposure to noise could result in catastrophic penalties and compensation for hearing loss disability. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) claims that “an estimated $242 million is spent annually on workers’ compensation for hearing loss disability,”…

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NHCA Announces Newly Elected Board

January 18, 2021

Please join me in congratulating our newly elected NHCA Executive Council members starting their terms during NHCA’s 2021 virtual conference! We are fortunate to have such a collection of highly qualified and enthusiastic new EC members! Director of Communications (2-year term) Liz Masterson (NIOSH/CDC) Secretary/Treasurer (2-year term) Ted Madison (Midwest Center for Occupational Health &…

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Milwaukee Tool Provides All Day Comfort with New Banded Hearing Protection

December 7, 2020

Milwaukee Tool is adding to their Personal Protective Equipment lineup with new hearing protection – Banded Ear Plugs. The Banded Ear Plugs are designed to provide all-day comfort with versatile wear and the adaptable design for 3-point wear allows users to set the band above their head, below their chin, or behind their neck. The…

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Improving Noise Safety on Worksites

November 4, 2020

Heather Perl, Contributor Despite being a serious potential health hazard, loud noises are often not given enough consideration when trying to establish the safety of a worksite. Loud noises are invisible dangers; they may not be immediately obvious, and many employees and employers don’t realize how much damage occurs over time. Even moderately loud noises…

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A Guide for the Control of Audible Sound Hazards

October 20, 2020

ACGIH® is proud to release A Guide for the Control of Audible Sound Hazards. This guide is designed to provide additional guidance for users of the Threshold Limit Value (TLV®) for occupational exposure to audible sound, which recommends levels of exposure and conditions under which it is believed that nearly all healthy workers may be repeatedly exposed, day…

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Hear This

Hear This: Noise Conservation in the Workplace

January 29, 2020

By Barbara Nessinger, Editor-in-Chief Some 22 million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise at work each year, according to OSHA’s most recent estimates. In fact, in 2018, U.S. businesses paid more than $1.5 million in penalties for not protecting workers from noise, with an additional $242 million in workers’ compensation paid out for hearing…

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How to Manage an Effective Hearing Conservation Program

January 24, 2020

Noisy work environments can cause hearing loss in workers assigned to those areas. Equipment that generates unwanted sound, or noise at or above 85 decibels, A-weighted (dBA), is normally the cause.  Understanding the amount of noise in the workplace is the first step in managing an occupational hearing conservation program. It is in the best…

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