Noise, or unwanted sound, is one of the most pervasive occupational health problems. It is a by-product of many industrial processes. Exposure to high levels of noise causes hearing loss and may cause other harmful health effects as well. OSHA's hearing conservation program has been designed to protect workers with significant occupational noise exposures from suffering material hearing impairment.
This course teaches basic hearing conservation measures and standards for employees and managers. Main topics include OSHA regulations, types of hearing protection, monitoring/testing and calibration, training requirements, record keeping, and noise level control.
After taking this course, you will be able to:
- Describe the functioning of the ear, how it is affected by noise, and ways to control noise in the workplace
- Explain the elements of OSHA Regulation 1910.95, including training, monitoring, testing, and recordkeeping requirements
- Select and use proper hearing protection whenever excessive noise is encountered
- Describe the elements of a noise monitoring program
- Explain the components of audiometric testing and describe the audiogram and its uses.