Industrial Hearing Test
Hearing damage is a real and unfortunate effect of long-term exposure to loud noise. Noise is a hazard of industrial workers and workers of any occupation who are repeatedly exposed to loud noise.
Hearing damage from noise can be preventable when the right precautions are taken from the start. Regular hearing tests to evaluate any early signs of hearing loss, as well as everyday preventative measures such as the use of ear plugs go a long way toward prevention of permanent hearing loss.
Industrial Hearing Test Requirements
Organizations such as the Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) have enacted requirements and procedures for hearing conservation in an effort to standardize hearing safety practices and reduce the incidence of preventable hearing damage.
Occupational Exposure Limits (OELs) take into consideration the loudness of the noise — measured in decibels (dBA) — and the duration of exposure to that noise.
According to the OHS Code Employers are to make sure all employees have a hearing test within 6 months of starting, retested the following year and then tested every two years thereafter.
Employers are responsible for supplying their employees with adequate hearing protection. At Discover Hearing we do custom noise plugs that are specifically made to fit the ears for a comfortable fit.
Industrial Noise Management Programs
The first step in noise management is to perform an exposure assessment to determine the extent of the noise hazard and identify those workers who are noise exposed. Measurements of noise can be obtained by using a sound level meter, a noise dosimeter and an integrating sound level.
Exposure assessments should be done yearly. If there are any changes in equipment, changes in processes, or if a workers exposures change, additional noise measurements should be conducted.
The Alberta Occupational Health and Safety code specifies that a noise management program must include these following components:
-Measuring or monitoring workers exposure to noise, on an ongoing basis
-Posting warning signs in any work area where the noise level exceeds 85dBA
-Use of noise control methods
-Selection, use and maintenance of hearing protection
-Audiometric testing done regularly
-Annual program review
For more information visit: https://work.alberta.ca/documents/WHS-PUB_hs003.pdf
The Next Step...
Call Discover Hearing, let us be a part of your Industrial Noise Management Program. For convenience, on-site testing and ear impressions for custom noise plugs are available. Custom noise plugs provide the employees with comfort and the protection they require against potentially harmful noises.
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