ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

GENERAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

Hearing Conservation

Research indicates that workplaces with proper hearing conservation programs have higher levels of worker productivity and lower incidence of absenteeism. The following are links which provide additional information about hearing conservation.

  • Noise and Hearing Loss Prevention. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Safety and Health Topic. Includes links to information on hearing loss prevention and workplace solutions.
  • Preventing Occupational Hearing Loss – A Practical Guide. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Publication No. 96-110 (1996, June). Provides guidance in non-technical terms regarding the eight key components of an effective hearing loss prevention program.

Health Effects

Although noise-induced hearing loss is one of the most common occupational illnesses, it is often ignored because there are no visible effects, it usually develops over a long period of time, and, except in very rare cases, there is no pain. What does occur is a progressive loss of communication, socialization, and responsiveness to the environment. The following references aid in recognizing the health effects of excessive noise.