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Document ID (ISN)67682
CIS number 96-1626
Year 1996
Convention or series no. DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No.96-110
Author(s) Franks J.R., Stephenson M.R., Merry C.J.
Title Preventing occupational hearing loss - A practical guide
Bibliographic information National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Publications Dissemination, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1998, USA, 1996. xiii, 91p. Illus. Bibl.ref.
Abstract Update of the document A practical guide to effective hearing conservation programs in the workplace, published by NIOSH in 1990 (see CIS 91-427). Though the OSHA Noise Standard with its Hearing Conservation Amendment and the NIOSH hierarchy of controls (engineering control, administrative control, PPE) have remained the same, changes since 1990 include the new use of the term occupational hearing loss (not necessarily associated with exposure to noise - chemicals, vibration and extreme heat might also be involved), the emphasis on prevention rather than conservation, a new recommended definition of hazardous noise (85 vs. 90dB(A)), and new ways of evaluating noise exposure and defining standard threshold shift (STS). This guide, usable for training purposes, take these changes into account. Contents: value of hearing loss prevention programmes (HLPPs); policy needs; HLPP audits; monitoring of hearing hazards; engineering and administrative controls; audiometric evaluation; personal hearing protection devices; education and motivation; record keeping; programme evaluation; emerging trends and technologies. In annex: OSHA Noise Standard compliance checklists; list of useful audiovisual training material; resources; glossary.
Descriptors (primary) hearing protection; USA; training material; hearing conservation; noise
Descriptors (secondary) dangerous substances; vibration; hearing loss; manuals; training manuals; extreme temperatures; glossary; comment on standard; check lists; safety guides; audiometric tests; noise measurement
Document type C - Training manuals, audiovisual material
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Noise, hearing and vibration
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) OSH training
Hearing protection