Of all of the occupational health issues facing organizations today, noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) is the most common.In the United States alone, over 30 million people are exposed to noise every year, and nearly one in four cases of hearing loss among workers is caused by exposures on the job. Frighteningly, the number of employees affected by noise is steadily increasing each year, despite the fact that NIHL is completely preventable. It is clear that action must be taken to arrest this trend.The most effective way to combat this threat is through education of both the workforce who are exposed to noise and the staff who look to protect them.
- provides a definition of noise.
- discusses the importance of noise induced hearing loss as an occupational disease.
- describes the different physical impacts of noise.
- outlines best practices for implementing and improving a hearing conservation program.
About the Author
Prior to joining Medgate, Meghan worked for 5 years as an Environmental Coordinator and 8 years as Industrial Hygiene Coordinator and at a major global gold mining company. She worked to develop a comprehensive Industrial Hygiene Program at the site and implemented all aspects of the program. She was also the system administrator and trainer for Medgate at the site.More Content by Meghan Cairns, ROH