Review Your Workforce Demographics:
Our research indicates, the average age of the American industry worker is 37 years old, worked in industrial environments for over 12 years, and will be working until he/she reaches social security retirement age and beyond. This indicates that employers will have an experienced workforce, but a workforce that has been exposed to potential cumulative illnesses and injuries for a long period of time. As the workforce continues to age, the number of workers who experience hearing loss and the cost of workers compensation will increase.
What is the Average Age of Your Workforce?
Who in your workforce uses firearms, chain saws, listen to loud
music, and visits the racetrack?
Where have members of your workforce been employed?
It is important to realize that all noise induced hearing loss can not be prevented. The basic fact that the American workforce is aging and that hearing loss is often associated with aging, it can be assumed an inevitable. However, there are some steps that can be taken, and in some cases are required by the OSHA, to prevent unnecessary hearing loss in the workplace, reduce cost, and meet regulatory requirements.
Educate employees about the potential for hearing loss, not just in the workplace but also in their everyday activities. Explain to employees the benefits of wearing hearing protection, how too properly wear hearing protection, when to wear hearing protection, the anatomy of the ear.*
Have a noise area survey (Noise Abatement) conducted to determine the noise level. If the noise levels are above 85DBA conduct an 8-hour TWA sample. If the noise levels continue above 85 DBA then conduct an abatement feasibility study. If you can not abate the noise, provide hearing protection for your employees.*
Provide hearing screenings to compare the hearing ability of each employee on an annual basis. If an individualís screening indicates a hearing loss, refer the individual for medical referral.*
*Required by the OSHA.
The idea is to reduce potential cost, reduce liabilities, while meeting regulatory requirements. (Back to HCI Services)