industry pr

Press release news from the public relations clients of Tiziani Whitmyre, Inc.

Posts Tagged ‘hearing loss prevention’


Monday, April 7th, 2014

National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) Announces 2014 Executive Council

Westminster, CO – April 7, 2014 - The National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) has announced the members of its 2014 Executive Council.

“The new NHCA Executive Council represents the diversity of our membership and reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the practice of hearing loss prevention,” said NHCA incoming President Beth Cooper. “Our members are actively engaged or currently studying in fields such as audiology, occupational health nursing, industrial hygiene, and noise control engineering and come from all sectors of industry, academia, government and armed forces, equipment manufacturers, and providers of audiometric monitoring services.”

Organized in 1976, the NHCA has grown to a robust organization with approximately 260 members who are passionate about the prevention of hearing loss due to noise and environmental factors, Cooper noted.

The new Executive Council conducted its first meeting in March at the NHCA’s 39th Annual Hearing Conservation Conference, held in Las Vegas. The members of the Council are listed below, along with their brief biographies.

  • President – Beth Cooper, PE, INCE, Bd. Cert, Fellow INCE. Beth Cooper is an acoustical engineer and hearing conservationist with more than 30 years of experience in acoustics, noise control, hearing loss prevention, and occupational health. Her accomplishments include the design, construction, and management of several acoustical facilities and major industrial noise control projects and the development of unique multimedia educational resources and applications that energize occupational hearing conservation programs. She currently serves as a subject matter expert, providing technical support and training for the occupational health and engineering communities at NASA’s fifteen field centers.
  • President Elect – Kristy Casto, Ph.D., CCC-A. Kristen (Kristy) Casto is an active-duty Army audiologist currently assigned to the Office of the Army Surgeon General where she serves as deputy audiology and hearing conservation consultant to the Army Surgeon General. LTC Casto earned an Au.D. from Central Michigan University and a Ph.D. in Human Factors Engineering from Virginia Tech. LTC Casto is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and is   also a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and the Military Audiology Association.
  • Immediate Past President – Jennifer Tufts, Ph.D., CCC-A. Jennifer Tufts is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences at the University of Connecticut. She holds a B.A. in music and mathematics from Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in audiology from Penn State University. She holds the Clinical Certificate of Competence in audiology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is currently licensed to practice audiology in Connecticut.
  • Secretary/Treasurer – Nancy Wojcik, MS. Nancy is an epidemiologist in the Occupational & Public Health Division of ExxonMobil Biomedical Sciences, Inc., located in Annandale, NJ. Nancy has over 25 years of experience, earned an M.S. degree from Seton Hall University, and has published on epidemiological methods for cohort mortality studies. She manages the company’s employee health surveillance system and has conducted cohort mortality and cancer incidence studies of North American petrochemical workers.
  • Director of Education – Marjorie McCullagh, Ph.D., RN, PHCNS-BC, COHN-S. Marjorie McCullagh has worked in educator positions for more than 30 years, currently serving as nurse-educator and researcher at the University of Michigan. Dr. McCullagh’s program of research focuses on prevention of NIHL among farm operators, particularly through use of hearing protection devices.
  • Director of Marketing and Public Relations – Marvin “Joel” Jennings, M.S., CCC-A. Joel is on active duty with the US Army, where he most recently served as the Hearing Program Manager for Fort Bliss, Texas. He holds degrees from the University of Texas, and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to serving on active duty, Joel worked in many settings in the hearing industry, including working for a major hearing aid company. He currently serves as President on the executive board of the Military Audiology Association, holds a certificate of Clinical Competence form the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Audiology.
  • Director of Membership – Cheryl Nadeau, M.Ed., F-AAA, CPS/A. Cheryl Nadeau is the Senior Occupational Audiologist for Workplace Integra, Inc., Greensboro, NC. She is a Certified Professional Supervisor of the Audiometric Program (CPS/A), a Certified Course Director for the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC), Board Certified in Audiology by The American Board of Audiology and a member of the American Academy of Audiologists (AAA). Cheryl holds a B.S.Ed. in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a M.Ed. in Audiology from the University of Georgia, Athens. She is in the process of obtaining her Doctor of Audiology degree at A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Health Sciences.
  • Director of Communications – Cory Portnuff, Au.D., Ph.D. Dr. Cory Portnuff is a clinical audiologist in Denver with an Au.D. (Doctor of Audiology) and a Ph.D. in Hearing Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His research focuses on noise-induced hearing loss in children, with a particular emphasis in understanding music-induced hearing loss and MP3 players using health belief modeling. Dr. Portnuff is also the President of the H.E.A.R. Project, a Colorado non-profit organization that provides support for families of children with hearing loss.
  • Member Delegate – Marilyn Morgan, RN, COHC. Marilyn began professional services in occupational hearing conservation in 2010 as a hearing conservationist. The employer, Take Care Health Systems, provides the occupational health services for the Golden, CO site. Her professional involvement includes past board memberships in nursing organizations and educational organizations on both the local and state levels. She has provided volunteer and participant services for both NHCA and CAOHC.
  • Member Delegate – Kara Cave. CPT Kara Cave is currently the Chief of the Fort Campbell, KY Hearing Program. Her previous assignments include: Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C; Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland; 10th Combat Support Hospital, Baghdad, Iraq; and Fort Bliss, Texas. She received her B.A. from Boston College in 1999 and her Ph.D. in Audiology from James Madison University in 2005.
  • PSP Member Delegate – Sandra MacLean-Uberuaga, MA, F-AAA, CSP/A. Sandra MacLean Uberuaga has a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Washington in Speech and Hearing Sciences and a Master’s in Audiology and Pathology. Sandra is president Alaska Occupational Audiology & Health Services, Inc., as well as Washington Audiology Services. She is a six time recipient of the NHCA golden lobe award. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, American Society of Safety Engineers, the Acoustical Society of America as well as a fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. She has been an active course director for the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) and is a Professional Supervisor by CAOHC.
  • Commercial Member Delegate – Scott Lake, MSE, BMSE, GMI. Scott Lake is the Engineering Projects Manager at Westone Laboratories, Inc. located in Colorado Springs, CO. He has spent most of his 20+ year professional career in the area of noise and vibration control in the automotive industry; with specialization in the study of Sound Quality where he was a regularly invited speaker to the biannual Noise & Vibration Conference of the Society of Automotive Engineers. He currently has responsibilities in product definition, design and development for Westone Laboratories’ Hearing Protection Device Products.
  • Associate Member Delegate: David Stern, C-OHC – David Stern has worked in the hearing conservation field since 1995 in a variety of positions from Tech to Lead Tech to Operations manager and is experienced in testing, training, noise surveys, custom HPD’s, otoacoustic emissions and more He now works for Boeing as a Health Services Administrator in the Pre-Employment Medical Dept and continue to support Boeing’s Hearing Conservation Program by being a member of the Hearing Conservation Program Steering Committee.

About the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA)

The mission of the NHCA is to prevent hearing loss due to noise and other environmental factors in all sectors of society. NHCA’s membership includes audiologists, researchers, industrial hygienists, physicians and occupational health nurses, educators, professional service organizations, safety professionals, engineers, audio professionals, students, and others who have dedicated their work to the advancement of hearing loss prevention. For more information, visit http://www.hearingconservation.org.

 


Monday, March 7th, 2011

Free Seminars Will Help Employers in Northeastern U.S. Improve Hearing Conservation Programs

A series of free seminars have been scheduled for June throughout the Northeastern U.S. to help employers improve their Hearing Conservation Programs and prevent noise-induced hearing loss among their workers.

The seminars, titled “HearForeverTM: Best Practices in Hearing Conservation,” will provide practical information on noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) and the latest research and technologies that can help enhance employers’ Hearing Conservation Programs – as well as their bottom line, said noted Hearing Conservation expert Dr. Theresa Y. Schulz (Lt. Col., retired, U.S. Air Force).

Dr. Schulz, Hearing Conservation Manager at Howard Leight® / Honeywell Safety Products, will present the seminars.

Designed for industrial hygienists, occupational health and safety professionals, safety managers, audiologists, and liability and risk management professionals, the seminars will address the following topics:

  • Basics of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
  • Key Elements of an Effective Hearing Conservation Program
  • Impending Changes to the Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) and How They Affect Employers
  • Selection and Fitting of Hearing Protectors
  • Employee Motivation and Training Techniques/Resources
  • New Hearing Conservation Innovations and Technologies

The seminars will run from 9 a.m. to noon, with registration and a complimentary breakfast starting at 8 a.m. The seminars are scheduled as follows:

  • Milford, Conn.: Monday, June 6, 2011, at the Hilton Garden Inn
  • Morristown, N.J.: Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at the Honeywell Larry Bossidy Learning Center
  • Philadelphia, Pa.: Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at the Sheraton Suites Philadelphia Airport
  • Baltimore, Md.: Thursday, June 9, 2011, at the Four Points by Sheraton BWI Airport Hotel

All attendees will receive a free gift bag with training materials, literature and hearing-protection samples from Howard Leight and other Honeywell Safety Product groups. VeriPRO® and QuietDoseTM demonstrations will be available following the seminar.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available for members of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

Dr. Schulz is a past president of the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA), and also past chair of the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC). During her 20-plus-year career in the U.S. Air Force, she was twice recognized as USAF Outstanding Audiologist of the Year. Most recently, she served as a senior service fellow at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH’s) Hearing Loss Prevention Program. Dr. Schulz holds a Ph.D. in hearing science from Ohio State University.

To register, visit: http://www.hearforever.org/northeastseminar.

Howard Leight Hearing Conservation seminars have been presented to more than 2,500 safety professionals on five continents over the past five years. They are part of Howard Leight’s industry-leading HearForever initiative to raise awareness of the dangers, risks and consequences of noise-induced hearing loss.

Follow us on Twitter: @HearForeverOrg at http://twitter.com/HearForeverOrg.

About Howard Leight

Howard Leight / Honeywell Safety Products, is a leading global provider of passive and intelligent hearing protection solutions, and the founder of the HearForever® initiative. For over 30 years, Howard Leight has pursued the prevention of occupational noise-induced hearing loss through innovation in hearing protection design, technology, performance and comfort, and the promotion of progressive Hearing Conservation Programs. Leading solutions include the highest attenuating Max® single-use earplug; patented Air Flow ControlTM technology for optimal earmuff attenuation; QuietDoseTM personal in-ear dosimetry; and the industry-changing VeriPRO® earplug fit testing system.

Visit the Howard Leight website at http://www.howardleight.com. Follow us on Twitter: @HowardLeight at http://twitter.com/HowardLeight.

About Honeywell

Honeywell International (http://www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. The company is based in Morris Township, N.J. Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit http://www.honeywellnow.com.

This release contains certain statements that may be deemed “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that we or our management intends, expects, projects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Such statements are based upon certain assumptions and assessments made by our management in light of their experience and their perception of historical trends, current economic and industry conditions, expected future developments, and other factors they believe to be appropriate. The forward-looking statements included in this release are also subject to a number of material risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to economic, competitive, governmental and technological factors affecting our operations, markets, products, services and prices. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and actual results, developments and business decisions may differ from those envisaged by such forward-looking statements.

# # #


Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) Announces Call for Papers for 36th Annual Conference

nhcaWestminster, Colo. ― July 6, 2010 ― The National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) announces a call for papers for presentations and posters for its 36th Annual Conference, to be held February 24-26, 2011 in Mesa, Arizona. The theme of the conference is “The Future of Hearing Conservation: Technology & Innovation.”

Paper submission topics should reflect NHCA’s mission of “prevention of hearing loss due to noise and other environmental factors in all sectors of society.” Presentations may address basic scientific research, applied research, practical applications of research results, or other findings or concepts which may enhance hearing loss prevention efforts.

Submissions are being solicited for Platform (Panel) Presentations and Poster Presentations. All proposals must be submitted electronically – either online or by e-mail.
• Platform (Panel) Presentations proposals are due July 31, 2010. To submit, visit: http://ht.ly/21J5N
• Poster Presentations proposals are due September 1, 2010. To submit, visit: http://ht.ly/21J5N

NHCA’s conference features three days of engaging workshops, presentations, panel discussions and poster presentations on current issues relevant to the practice of hearing loss prevention. Key topics include the latest research on:
• Occupational hearing loss
• Music-induced hearing loss
• Hearing loss after impulse noise
• Novel strategies for measuring noise risk and pre-clinical effects of noise on hearing
• Hearing protection device innovations
• Public and personal health issues related to hearing loss
• Hearing loss prevention training and education
• Health communication strategies

Over 300 professionals attend the NHCA annual conference for professional development and networking opportunities.

About the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA)
The mission of the NHCA is to prevent hearing loss due to noise and other environmental factors in all sectors of society. NHCA provides networking, resources and professional development opportunities to improve skills, practices and services for over 600 members. NHCA’s membership includes audiologists, researchers, industrial hygienists, educators, professional service organizations, safety professionals, medical professionals, engineers, audio professionals, students, and others who have dedicated their work to the advancement of hearing loss prevention.

For more information about the National Hearing Conservation Association, visit the NHCA online at http://www.hearingconservation.org or call 1-303-224-9022. Follow the NHCA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nhcaorg, on Facebook at http://bit.ly/vLRg5, and on LinkedIn at http://bit.ly/3X2DfT.

# # #

Public Relations contact, Boston:  Don Goncalves, dgoncalves@tizinc.com, 781-793-9380, for Tiziani Whitmyre Inc., http://www.tizinc.com/public-relations


Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Texas Employers Urged to Attend Free June Seminars to Improve Hearing Conservation Programs

hf_seminar_header_alberta2May 20, 2010 — Texas employers across the state are invited to attend free seminars in June designed to improve their Hearing Conservation Programs and help prevent noise-induced hearing loss among workers.

The three-hour seminars, “HearForever™: Best Practices in Hearing Conservation,” are set for Dallas, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, and Houston, and will provide practical information on noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) and the latest research and technologies to enhance occupational hearing conservation programs.

Dr. Theresa Y. Schulz, Lt. Col. (retired, US Air Force), Hearing Conservation Manager at Sperian Hearing Protection, LLC/Howard Leight®, will host the seminars. Dr. Schulz is past president of the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) and past chair of the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC). Dr. Schulz is a Texas native and during her career in the Air Force was stationed for a time at Brooks AFB in San Antonio. She holds a Ph.D. in hearing science from Ohio State University.

Designed for industrial hygienists, occupational health and safety professionals, safety managers, audiologists, and liability and risk management professionals, the seminars will cover:
• Basics of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
• Key Elements of an Effective Hearing Conservation Program
• Impending Changes to the Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) and How They Affect Employers
• Selection and Fitting of Hearing Protectors
• Employee Motivation and Training Techniques/Resources
• New Hearing Conservation Innovations and Technologies

The seminars will run from 9 a.m. to noon:
• Monday, June 7 – Dallas, TX, Embassy Suites Dallas – DFW International Airport North at Outdoor World
• Tuesday, June 8 – San Antonio, TX, Holiday Inn Northwest / Seaworld
• Wednesday, June 9 – Corpus Christi, TX, Embassy Suites Corpus Christi
• Thursday, June 10 – Houston, TX, Marriott Houston South at Hobby Airport

Continuing Education Units (CEU) are available for AIHA and ASSE members.

Attendees will receive free training materials, literature and hearing protection samples. Attendees are also invited to participate in hands-on demonstrations of Howard Leight’s new VeriPRO® earplug fit testing system and QuietDose™ in-ear dosimetry. A complementary continental breakfast is included.

To register, visit http://www.hearforever.org/hf2010texas.

Howard Leight Hearing Conservation seminars have been presented to over 2,500 safety professionals on five continents over the past five years. They’re part of Howard Leight’s industry-leading HearForever™ initiative to raise awareness of the dangers, risks and consequences of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL).

Follow on Twitter: @HearForeverOrg at http://twitter.com/hearforeverOrg.

About Howard Leight
Howard Leight/Sperian Hearing Protection, LLC is a leading global provider of passive and intelligent hearing protection solutions, and the founder of the HearForever™ initiative. For over 30 years, Howard Leight has pursued the prevention of occupational noise-induced hearing loss through innovation in hearing protection design, technology, performance and comfort, and the promotion of progressive Hearing Conservation Programs. Leading solutions include the highest attenuating Max® single-use earplug; patented Air Flow Control™ technology for optimal earmuff attenuation; QuietDose™ personal in-ear dosimetry; and the industry-changing VeriPRO® earplug fit testing system. Visit: http://www.howardleight.com. Follow on Twitter (@HowardLeight) at http://twitter.com/HowardLeight.

About Sperian Protection
With nearly 6,000 employees worldwide, Sperian Protection is resolutely geared towards international markets. The world leader in personal protective equipment (hearing, eye, respiratory and fall protection, gloves, clothing and footwear), the Group offers innovative products adapted to high-risk environments so that all workers in the manufacturing and services industries can work with confidence. Sperian Protection is listed on Euronext’s Eurolist and on the SBF120.


Monday, February 15th, 2010

Howard Leight / Sperian Hearing Protection Experts to Present at National Hearing Conservation Association Conference

SMITHFIELD, RHODE ISLAND, U.S.A. — February 15, 2010— Hearing conservation experts from Howard Leight / Sperian Hearing Protection will be presenters at the 2010 National Hearing Conservation Association’s (NHCA) Conference, February 25-27, 2010, in Orlando, Fla.

Brad K. Witt, Director of Hearing Conservation, and Dr. Theresa Y. Schulz, Lt. Col., USAF (ret), CPS/A, Hearing Conservation Manager, both of Howard Leight/Sperian Hearing Protection, LLC will participate in two key workshops at the NHCA’s “Explore the World of Hearing Loss Prevention” Conference.

“Howard Leight has always been dedicated to the prevention of occupational hearing loss,” Renee Bessette, COHC, Marketing Manager, Howard Leight/Sperian Hearing Protection, LLC said. “We are a proud member of NHCA and are pleased to share our knowledge, experience and best practices in hearing loss prevention with this audience.”

The workshops are:

  • Hands-on fit-testing,” Thursday, Feb. 25. As part of the full-day workshop focusing on the world’s leading fit-testing technologies available to the hearing conservation professional, Witt will present details of Howard Leight’s new VeriPRO® technology that enables safety managers to ensure their employees are getting the most out of their hearing protection devices. The VeriPRO system measures real-world attenuation of unmodified earplugs and can be used as a means to improve individual employee training and enhance the overall effectiveness of hearing conservation programs. Hands-on demonstrations of all available technologies will follow in the afternoon.

  • Hearing loss prevention: The basics/Hearing Protective Devices”, Thursday, Feb. 25. Presented by Dr. Schulz, this section of “The Basics” workshop will focus on hearing protector function, how hearing protection devices (HPDs) are tested and rated (with particular reference to the Noise Reduction Rating), and the performance gains available from the use of dual hearing protection.

“Hearing conservationists can measure, assess, document, and counsel, but when it comes to effective intervention, our primary and sometimes only tool, is a hearing protector. We all must become more knowledgeable about the specification of hearing protection devices and their use in our hearing conservation programs,” Dr. Schulz said.

For more information about the NHCA’s “Explore the World of Hearing Loss Prevention” Conference in February, visit http://www.hearingconservation.org.

About Howard Leight / Sperian Hearing Protection

Howard Leight/Sperian Hearing Protection, LLC is a leading global provider of passive and intelligent hearing protection solutions, and the founder of the HearForever™ initiative. For over 30 years, Howard Leight has pursued the prevention of occupational hearing loss through innovation in hearing protection design, technology, performance and comfort, and the promotion of progressive Hearing Conservation Programs. Leading solutions include the highest attenuating Max® single-use earplug; patented Air Flow Control™ technology for optimal earmuff attenuation; QuietDose™ personal in-ear dosimetry; and the industry-changing VeriPRO® earplug fit testing system. Visit: http://www.howardleight.com.

Visit the HearForever Web site at http://www.hearforever.org. Follow HearForever on Twitter (@HearForeverOrg) at http://twitter.com/HearForeverOrg and find us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/HearForever.

# # #

Public Relations contact, Boston: Tiziani Whitmyre Inc., http://www.tizinc.com/public-relations


Monday, December 7th, 2009

NHCA Recommendations to EPA on NRR Change Intend to Improve Utility of Hearing Protection Devices at Work and at Home

nhca_wname1

WESTMINSTER, Colo., Dec. 7, 2009 — In response to the recent announcement of the impending change to the Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) for hearing protection devices, the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) has provided its recommendations to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Based on expert member input and review, NHCA’s recommendations are intended to improve the utility of hearing protection devices for occupational hearing conservation programs and for personal use.

“Noise-induced hearing loss is a progressive and permanent disease which has a pervasive impact on people’s lives. While noise control efforts are the preferred way to reduce occupational and community noise exposures and prevent hearing loss, many Americans depend on earplugs and earmuffs to protect their hearing,” said Rick Neitzel, PhD, CIH, NHCA President. “The current Noise Reduction Rating methodology is obsolete and needs to be updated to reflect a more real-world approach to hearing conservation. Also, the new NRR needs to account for the fact hearing protectors are used both in the workplace, where users should be trained on how to protect their hearing and how to wear protectors correctly, as well as recreationally, where users are likely to be less knowledgeable about how to best protect their hearing.”

In its letter, posted at http://bit.ly/7qnVhq, NHCA asks for two major changes to the EPA’s proposed legislation.

First, NHCA believes that the labeled values should be based on the ANSI S12.6-2008 Method B protocol, which accounts for hearing protectors fit by trained and naive hearing protection device (HPD) users alike.

“The EPA should also ensure that the de-rating of labeled values is eliminated from the new NRR scheme. Over the years, de-ratings have created a great deal of uncertainty and confusion that has diminished the effectiveness of hearing loss prevention programs in the United States,” said Neitzel.

Second, NHCA urges the EPA to revise and simplify the labeling of hearing protectors. This will help ensure that all users – and especially users who have not been trained on the proper use of hearing protectors – receive adequate protection when they use the devices.

“The required labels should be simplified, made more symbol-based, and provided in multiple languages to ensure that their correct use is clear for all users,” said Neitzel. “Supporting information, such as the performance of the protector at specific test frequencies, should be provided online, as a packaged insert or upon request from the manufacturer in order to further simplify package labeling.”

“NHCA is excited to work with the EPA to increase the effectiveness of hearing protectors sold and used in the United States by making the labeled values on hearing protectors more meaningful to end users. We feel that the proposed changes will help give Americans the protection from noise that they deserve, and will help reduce or eliminate the number of people who needlessly develop NIHL,” said Neitzel.

About the National Hearing Conservation Association [NHCA]

The mission of the National Hearing Conservation Association is to prevent hearing loss due to noise and other environmental factors in all sectors of society. NHCA provides networking, resources and professional development opportunities to improve skills, practices and services for over 600 members. NHCA’s membership includes audiologists, researchers, students, industrial hygienists, educators, professional service organizations, safety professionals, medical professionals, engineers, audio professionals and others who have dedicated their work to the advancement of hearing loss prevention. For more information about the National Hearing Conservation Association, visit us online at www.hearingconservation.org.

Follow us on:

# # #

Public Relations contact, Boston: Tiziani Whitmyre Inc., http://www.tizinc.com/public-relations


Monday, November 2nd, 2009

National Hearing Conservation Association Petitions OSHA to Lower Permissible Exposure Limits for Noise

nhca_wname1Westminster, CO ― November 2, 2009 ― Citing the fact that nearly 22 million American workers are exposed to hazardous noise on a daily basis and that occupational hearing loss continues to plague industry, the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) has made a request to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to reduce the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for noise exposures.

 

“Noise-induced hearing loss is an insidious, permanent, and irreversible disease which has a tremendous negative impact on people’s lives. The good news is that this disease is 100% preventable,” said Rick Neitzel, PhD, CIH, NHCA President. “The bad news is that OSHA’s 30-year-old noise exposure regulation is not consistent with current scientific knowledge, is not uniformly applied across all industries, and has not proven effective in preventing noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL).”

 

NHCA has requested that OSHA lower the PEL in the Occupation Noise Standard 29 CFR 1910.95 from 90 dBA to 85 dBA, and the Action Level from 85 to 80 dBA. Citing recent research by NIOSH and other organizations, American workers face a considerable risk of NIHL associated with long-term work at the current PEL of 90 dBA and a 5 dB time/intensity exchange rate. NHCA has also requested that the time/intensity exchange rate be reduced from 5 to 3 dB.

 

In the letter, NHCA also requests that OSHA extend the PEL to other industries, such as construction, agriculture, oil and gas drilling and servicing, and shipbuilding, that are not covered by the existing regulation. NHCA also asks OSHA to rescind a policy (OSHA Field Operations Manual, 3/2009) which permits exposures up to 100 dBA without requiring implementation of noise controls.

 

“Nearly every other nation on earth has adopted a more protective 85 dBA exposure limit – which means that U.S. workers have a substantially greater risk of developing noise-induced hearing loss than do the workers of almost every other nation,” said Neitzel. “Also, workers in industries like construction, agriculture, and oil and gas drilling are currently not covered by an effective regulation, which is unacceptable, given the high levels of noise exposure associated with these industries.”

 

“The National Hearing Conservation Association is a multidisciplinary organization committed to the prevention of hearing loss, and as such is uniquely positioned to advocate for contemporary U.S. noise exposure regulations,” said Neitzel. “We feel that the proposed changes will help give American workers the protection that they deserve, and bring workplace noise regulations in the US in line with current scientific knowledge about noise and noise-induced hearing loss.”

 

NHCA’s letter to OSHA can be found online at: http://bit.ly/42a3GT.

 

About the National Hearing Conservation Association [NHCA]

The mission of the National Hearing Conservation Association is to prevent hearing loss due to noise and other environmental factors in all sectors of society. NHCA provides networking, resources and professional development opportunities to improve skills, practices and services for over 600 members. NHCA’s membership includes audiologists, researchers, students, industrial hygienists, educators, professional service organizations, safety professionals, medical professionals, engineers, audio professionals and others who have dedicated their work to the advancement of hearing loss prevention. For more information about the National Hearing Conservation Association, visit us online at www.hearingconservation.org.

 

Follow us on:

 

# # #

Public Relations contact, Boston: Tiziani Whitmyre Inc., http://www.tizinc.com/public-relations<–>


B2B News is proudly powered by WordPress.
WordPress