Raise awareness about Occupational Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (ONIHL)

On average, hearing protection devices are only worn for about 38 percent of the time that a worker is exposed to excessive noise. A study from the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences clearly shows that raising awareness among employees and providing proper training can have a positive impact on their wear rate.

Educate your employees so you can:

  • Reduce the risk of occupational noise-induced hearing loss (ONIHL) and deafness
  • Be compliant with health and safety regulations regarding training and information for at-risk employees
  • Improve the protection wear rate at all times when they are exposed to noise
  • Make employees accountable. Ensure that they understand what’s at stake, and how important it is to be protected
Cotral Lab helps train employees understand noise-related risks

Raise awareness among employees starting at the moment the ear molds are taken.

Employee training and educating staff about Hearing Protectors

The first key step in your hearing preservation campaign is when the ear impressions are taken. It's done on-site, by a hearing protection program specialist, in a time-frame that you decide.

During this appointment, your employees gather information about:

  • How the ear molds are taken
  • Noise and how the ears work
  • The risks of being exposed to noise without adequate hearing protection
  • Why they should wear their hearing protectors 100 percent of the time they are exposed to noise
  • The hearing protectors they will be provided with

Auditools: free awareness and training tools

Enjoy the benefit of free signs and awareness tools:

  • “About Noise” signs explain how the ears work, and about the impact of noise on the unprotected ear
  • “Noise Scale” is a great reminder about how loud your specific industry can be, and which employees are most exposed at the plant
  • Other downloadable signs remind your employees about how important it is to be protected the entire time they are exposed to noise, during working time as well as in their leisure time
Raising awareness about hearing protection

Successfully implement your prevention campaign

You want to reduce noise related risks in your business, but how do you begin? What protection devices should you choose? How do you involve your employees? How do you facilitate the implementation of custom hearing protection solutions?

Start with these three easy steps:

  • Setup your campaign timeframe
  • Use multiple communication channels, so your campaign can have a better impact
  • Repeat your messages frequently

OSHA - Training Program

Employee Training and Education

The employer must institute a training program for all employees with noise exposures at or above the action level, and ensure employee participation.

  • Training must be repeated annually for each employee in the hearing conservation program
  • Information must be updated to be consistent with changes in protective equipment and work processes
Man thinking about hearing protection

The employer must ensure that each employee is informed of the following:

  • The effects of noise on hearing
  • The purpose, advantages, disadvantages, and attenuation of various types of hearing protection, as well as instructions on selection, fitting, use, and care
  • The purpose of audiometric testing and an explanation of test procedures

Access to Information and Training Materials

The employer must:

  • Make copies of the noise standard available to all affected employees or their representatives; copies must be posted in the workplace
  • Provide affected employees with any OSHA-supplied informational materials pertaining to the standards
  • Provide to OSHA, upon request, all material relating to the employer's training and education program

(Source: www.osha.gov)