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Every year, approximately 30 million people in the U.S. are occupationally exposed to hazardous noise. Fortunately, the incidence of noise-induced hearing loss can be reduced or eliminated through the successful application of engineering controls and hearing conservation programs. 

The following commonly asked questions link to resources that provide useful safety and health information about noise and hearing conservation in general industry.
Related Safety and Health Topics Recognition
  • OSHA 3074, Hearing Conservation. OSHA (2002, Revised), 160 KB PDF, 32 pages. This is an informational booklet that provides a generic, non-exhaustive overview of the issue.
  • Noise-Induced Hearing Loss. American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) (2000). This position statement/guideline describes what occupational noise-induced hearing loss is, its characteristics, and more.
  • Work-Related Hearing Loss. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 1 page. This is a brief discussion of the issue in terms of magnitude, cost, and prevention.
  • General Estimates of Work-Related Noise. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), NIOSH Publication No. 2001-104. This simple diagram allows the viewer to put certain sounds they may experience into perspective. It includes sound levels for some common noises experienced in everyday life and in the work environment.
Evaluation Control
  • The Ardent Hearing Conservationalist. Elliott Berger, Aearo Company (2001, June 01), 67 KB PDF. This document provides a review of 139 articles on motivating employees to participate in hearing conservation programs.
  • Safeworker: Sound Advice - Protect Your Ears in Noisy Work Environments. National Safety Council (NSC) (2000, February). This booklet, written in collaboration by NSC and NIOSH, offers general guidance to workers about protecting their hearing.
  • Today's Supervisor: Listen Up! Learn How to Protect your Hearing. NSC (2000, February). This booklet, written in collaboration by NSC and NIOSH, assists employers and supervisors in making decisions that will help prevent noise-induced hearing loss among their employees.
  • Preventing Occupational Hearing Loss – A Practical Guide. DHHS (1996, June), NIOSH Publication No. 96-110, 106 pages. This document provides guidance in non-technical terms regarding the eight key components of an effective hearing loss prevention program.
  • The NIOSH Compendium of Hearing Protective Devices. DHHS (1994, October), NIOSH Publication No. 95-105, 4,802 KB PDF, 83 pages. This publication includes information on different types of protective hearing devices, including rating systems and procedures for selection and use.
  • Industrial Noise Control Manual. DHHS (1978, December), NIOSH Publication No. 79-117, 9,550 KB PDF, 356 pages. This historic document, originally published in 1975, contains essential information about noise control technology, as well as a collection of 61 case histories describing successful noise control projects.
  • Noise and Hearing Loss Prevention. NIOSH Safety and Health Topic page, 1 page. Publications, presentations, research information, related links, and more.
  • EARLog Series. This index consists of 21 technical monographs and reference materials that include the complete, current EARlog series.
Compliance
  • Due to the large amount of information, the compliance section is located on a separate page.
Training
  • Intro to Ind. Hygiene for Safety Personnel. This course introduces the student to the general concepts of industrial hygiene. Topics include the recognition of common health hazards such as air contaminants and noise, hazard evaluation through screening and sampling, control methods for health hazards including ventilation and personal protective equipment, and criteria for referral to IH personnel. Course features laboratories in the calibration and use of sampling and monitoring instruments. (September 2003, 9 days)
  • Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC). As the principal accrediting body for occupational hearing conservationalists, CAOHC provides information on certification, courses, publications and teaching tools, and more.
References
  • Noise-Vibration Problem-Solution Workbook. Royster, L. and Royster, J. (2002). AIHA Press. This teaching tool includes more than 400 solved problems and detailed problem discussions.
  • Bibliography on Hearing Protection, Hearing Conservation, and Augural Care, Hygiene and Philosophy 1831-2001. Berger, E. (2001, August 15), PDF Document. This bibliography includes 2,838 articles and is updated annually.
  • Hearing Conservation Manual. Authored by Suter, A. and edited by Berger, E. CAOHC. (2000). The 4th edition contains invaluable information and significant revisions including how to set-up and maintain a hearing conservation program, how the hearing conservation team works to prevent hearing loss, updated and expanded regulatory information from OSHA & MSHA, and more.
  • The Noise Manual, Fifth Edition. Edited by Berger, E; Royster, L.; Royster, J.; Driscoll, D.; and Layne, M. (2000). AIHA Press. This classic noise reference is used by many health and safety professionals and has been authored by 17 experts in the field and peer-reviewed. Contains a 200+ item appendix on references for good practice.
  • Noise, Vibration, and Ultrasound. Bruce, R.; Bommer, A.; and Moritz, C. Chapter 20 (pp. 424-489) of The Occupational Environment - Its Evaluation and Control. Edited by DiNardi, S. (1997). AIHA Press. This chapter of the "AIHA White Book" covers nearly all aspects of occupational noise exposure.
 
Revised: 10 June 2003
 

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