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Listen Up! From the NHCA Experts…

February 5, 2024

Age Adjustments in Audiometric Monitoring Routine audiometric monitoring is an important step in hearing loss prevention programs, allowing for the assessment of hearing changes across time. Optional age adjustments have been allowed by subtracting out expected “age” effects. Whether to apply age adjustments at the individual level (Figure 1), and which ones to use, has…

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Hearing Aid Use in the Workplace

February 5, 2024

By: Robert M. Traynor, Ed.D., MBA, FNAP and Garry G. Gordon, M.S. The World Health Organization estimates that 1.5 billion people (nearly 20% of the global population) live with some degree of recordable hearing impairment.1 For 700 million of these individuals, their degree of hearing impairment is considered a disability. Hearing loss in the U.S.…

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Evolving Challenges of Lone Worker Safety for Global Enterprises

February 5, 2024

By: Gen Handley, Contributor People who work alone face more challenges and are more vulnerable than those in teams. This extends to the millions of people employed by the growing number of global enterprises that are forming all over the world—many of whom perform their jobs alone and in isolation. What is a Global Enterprise?…

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A Matter of Accuracy: Calibrating & Using Personal Sampling Pumps

February 5, 2024

By: Tim Turney, Contributor According to a recent collaborative study between the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labor Organization (ILO), the majority of work-related deaths over a 15-year period can be attributed to respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.[1] Air sampling pumps are crucial pieces of a kit that offer employers a tool to effectively…

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Who is Most at Risk for COPD?

February 5, 2024

The Risk of COPD is Increased for Workers in Certain Industries and Occupations and with Certain Occupational Exposures By: Paul K. Henneberger, MPH, ScD, Senior Science Advisor, NIOSH Respiratory Health Division Editor’s Note: The following article first appeared on the NIOSH Science Blog. For the original article, visit: https://blogs.cdc.gov/niosh-science-blog/2022/11/16/copd-month/. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is…

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Spotlighting OSHA’s Lead Standards: Proposed Updates & Implications

February 5, 2024

By: Ray Chishti, Contributor OSHA plans to continue its rulemaking efforts to update its lead standards in 2024. The agency will focus on reducing medical removal protection and surveillance triggers under its current General Industry and Construction standards. OSHA’s proposed revisions also can impact blood lead triggers, permissible exposure limits, PPE, housekeeping, hygiene and training.…

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Four Ways to Help Keep Workers Connected — and Safe — in 2024

February 5, 2024

By: Timothy Thompson, Contributor As we step into 2024, the industrial world is becoming even more complex and challenging. The constant evolution of technology, regulatory standards and operational demands make it vital for companies to stay ahead of the curve to ensure safety and efficiency. One area that’s gaining momentum is connected worker solutions. Connected…

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