Innovations & Trends in Hearing conservation

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Noise-induced hearing loss is the most common permanent and preventable occupational injury in the world. In many countries, excessive noise is the biggest compensable occupational hazard. Magid Glove & Safety and Honeywell have teamed up to present you with the newest innovations and trends in hearing conservation so you can better protect yourself and/or your workers.

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  • There are many challenges in managing occupational Hearing Conservation Programs: Fit, Selection, Protection, and Motivation. Environment may also be a major factor, such as at Shaw Industries Group, Inc., the world’s largest carpet manufacturer and a leading floor covering provider.Although Shaw has invested in engineering and administrative controls to reduce noise levels, and continues to look for ways to decrease the exposure in the work environment, hearing protection is still needed for all workers. In fact, the company required a policy of dual protection for all its employees exposed to high noise levels.Meanwhile, the local climate, which generates both extreme heat and humidity, often makes the wearing of earmuffs uncomfortable. To reconcile these seemingly insurmountable “environmental” challenges to the company’s Hearing Conservation efforts, the safety manager resolved to get personal.
  • Innovations & Trends in Hearing conservation

    1. 1. Your Partners in Safety Innovation and Trends in Hearing Conservation
    2. 2. Your Partners in Safety Alex Berti National Product Sales Manager – Hearing Howard Leight® / Honeywell Safety Products Innovations and Trends in Hearing Conservation
    3. 3. Your Partners in Safety Noise-induced hearing loss is the most common permanent and preventable occupational injury in the world. – World Health Organization In many countries, excessive noise is the biggest compensable occupational hazard. Cost of NIHL to developed countries ranges from 0.2 to 2% of its GDP. – World Health Organization Global Prevalence of NIHL Innovation and Trends in Hearing Conservation Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
    4. 4. Your Partners in Safety • Noise-induced hearing loss is the most common occupational injury in the United States. • 22 million workers are exposed to hazardous noise at work on a daily basis. • 8 million Americans suffer from NIHL. • Noise-induced hearing loss is #1 disability amongst US military personnel returning from active combat. • 90% of coal miners above the age of 50 have a hearing impairment. By the time coal miners retire, they are nearly guaranteed a moderate hearing loss. Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Innovation and Trends in Hearing Conservation
    5. 5. Your Partners in Safety •Miscommunication in workplace •Poor Productivity •Social Implications •Overall Worker’s Health •OSHA Citations •Retesting Costs •Hearing Loss Claims •Legal Costs •Liability Insurance •Workman’s Comp Implications – What Hearing Loss Can Cost Innovation and Trends in Hearing Conservation
    6. 6. Your Partners in Safety Main Components of OSHA Occupational Noise Standard 29 CFR 1910.95 OSHA Action Level - 85 dBA • Monitor all noise levels • Annual audiometric testing for exposed workers • Annual training for exposed workers • Variety of suitable hearing protectors must be made available at no cost to the employee OSHA Permissible Exposure Limit - 90 dBA • Hearing protectors required for noise-exposed workers OSHA Permissible OSHA Permissible Exposure Limit – 90 dBA TWA Industry Standards Innovation and Trends in Hearing Conservation
    7. 7. Your Partners in Safety • Hearing Conservation Program implemented – Hearing protectors made available – Annual audiometric testing & training • Hearing protectors required “Action Level” “Permissible Exposure Limit” Noise and Acoustics Innovation and Trends in Hearing Conservation
    8. 8. Your Partners in Safety OSHA 29 CFR 1910.95 Industry OSHA 29 CFR 1926.52 Construction MSHA 30 CFR Part 62 Mining FRA 49 CFR 227/229 Railroads Permissible Exposure Limits 90 dB 90 dB 90 dB 90 dB Action Level 85 dB 85 dB 80 dB 85 dB Noise Monitoring Required Not Required Required Required Audiometric Testing Annual Not Required Annual Every 3 Years Training Required New Hires/Annual Not Required Required New Hires/Annual Required New Hires/Annual HPDs Hearing Protection Devices Required @ PEL Required @ PEL Required @ PEL Dual Protection @ 105 dB TWA Required @ PEL Recordkeeping Required OSHA 300 Log Not Required Required Required OSHA 300 Log Sources: OSHA, MSHA, FRASTS = Standard Threshold Shift Standards and Regulations Innovation and Trends in Hearing Conservation
    9. 9. Your Partners in Safety 2000 100 0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 Hearing PPL Recordables 2008 2008 +/- 5% P&P Company Hearing Data Innovation and Trends in Hearing Conservation
    10. 10. Your Partners in Safety State Max. Compensation (2 Ears) Alabama $35,860 Florida $51,870 Illinois $87,978 Indiana $39,500 New York $60,000 Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Innovation and Trends in Hearing Conservation Worker Compensation Claims (examples)
    11. 11. Your Partners in Safety Earplugs Innovation and Trends in Hearing Conservation
    12. 12. Your Partners in Safety Earplugs Innovation and Trends in Hearing Conservation
    13. 13. Your Partners in Safety Earplugs Innovation and Trends in Hearing Conservation
    14. 14. Your Partners in Safety Earmuffs Innovation and Trends in Hearing Conservation
    15. 15. Your Partners in Safety Earmuffs Innovation and Trends in Hearing Conservation
    16. 16. Your Partners in Safety Are these workers protected? 0 dB 0 dB + 33 dB Fitting Tips Innovation and Trends in Hearing Conservation
    17. 17. Your Partners in Safety • Use Earplug Fit Testing - Train how to properly fit HPDs - Select appropriate HPDs - Document adequate protection - Get your documented PAR • Use In-Ear Dosimetry • Measures and documents the noise dose employee is exposed to during their work shift What Can I Do Now? Innovation and Trends in Hearing Conservation
    18. 18. Your Partners in Safety Results Innovation and Trends in Hearing Conservation Results Your Exposure 100 dB Lowest PAR - 25 dB
    19. 19. Your Partners in Safety Results Innovation and Trends in Hearing Conservation
    20. 20. Your Partners in Safety Results Innovation and Trends in Hearing Conservation
    21. 21. Your Partners in Safety 5) www.osha.gov/dts/osta/otm/noise/hcp/audiometric_testing.html Training + Motivation Innovation and Trends in Hearing Conservation Checking Off the Training Requirements Health effects of noise Purpose of hearing protection Advantages/ disadvantages of various HPDs Selection, fit, use and care of HPDs  Purpose and procedures of audiometric testing    
    22. 22. Your Partners in Safety Case Study #1: Shaw Industries Innovation and Trends in Hearing Conservation Noise Levels 105-112 dBA HPD Requirements Dual Protection Key Challenges •Reducing noise levels, especially in high noise areas, via engineering controls •Ensuring workers wearing hearing protection properly, especially in extreme heat/humidity •Validate amount of attenuation each worker achieves
    23. 23. Your Partners in Safety Case Study #1: Shaw Industries Innovation and Trends in Hearing Conservation Location Pre-Enclosure dBA Post-Enclosure dBA Hood Insulation dBA Total Reduction dB F/16 #2 111.4 104.9 103.9 7.5 F/16 #6 110.8 102.7 101.8 9.0 F/16 #11 107.3 100.2 99.7 7.6 Packout Table 106.4 98.6 96.8 9.6 Tactic #1: Engineering Controls
    24. 24. Your Partners in Safety Case Study #1: Shaw Industries Innovation and Trends in Hearing Conservation Tactic #2: Earplug Fit Testing Site Procedure •All workers showing a shift (decrease) in hearing now receive a fit-test as part of “retraining.” •All new (or re-hire) employees receive a fit-test prior to beginning work to •Departments prioritized and tested per protocol •Find the appropriate earplug •Ensure they know how to fit it properly.
    25. 25. Your Partners in Safety Goal of > 25 dB of protection achieved by most workers Case Study #1: Shaw Industries Innovation and Trends in Hearing Conservation The Results: Distribution of PAR Shifted
    26. 26. Your Partners in Safety Year Confirmed STS Comment 2006 5 Prior to noise control 2007 0 2008 0 2009 1 Non-production associate 2010 0 Best practices at this plant have been adopted at other Shaw locations Case Study #1: Shaw Industries Innovation and Trends in Hearing Conservation The Results: Reduction in Recordables
    27. 27. Your Partners in Safety Case Study #1: Shaw Industries Innovation and Trends in Hearing Conservation The Results: Hearing Conservation Program Changes HC Program Improvements •Expanded HPD offerings from 3 to 6 choices •Workers are “certified” to a particular earplug •Mandated job rotation in departments •Emphasis on equipment maintenance www.hearforever.org/shaw
    28. 28. Your Partners in Safety Case Study #2: Gulfstream Aerospace Innovation and Trends in Hearing Conservation Noise Levels 87-90 dBA TWA HPD Requirements 100% wear when on plant floor (even walking through) Key Challenges •Intermittent noise exposures •Moderately low TWAs •Possible overprotection
    29. 29. Your Partners in Safety Case Study #2: Gulfstream Aerospace Innovation and Trends in Hearing Conservation Tactic #1: Engineering Controls Quieter Equipment •Purchase new equipment that does not exceed 82 dB during normal operation •Implement engineering controls around test generator www.buyquietroadmap.com
    30. 30. Your Partners in Safety Case Study #2: Gulfstream Aerospace Innovation and Trends in Hearing Conservation Tactic #2: Earplug Fit Testing Next Fit Training with Same Earplug Try a Different Earplug Test Worker with Usual Earplug “Fit the way you normally wear it.” Pass > 15 dB Photo courtesy of Gulfstream Aerospace
    31. 31. Your Partners in Safety The Results: OSHA Recordable Drop Dramatic Drop in Recordable Hearing Loss Cases Case Study #2: Gulfstream Aerospace Innovation and Trends in Hearing Conservation
    32. 32. Your Partners in Safety Training & Motivating Workers Innovation and Trends in Hearing Conservation
    33. 33. Your Partners in Safety Show, Don’t Tell • Provide copy of annual audiogram to worker • Use personal examples to demonstrate consequences of hearing loss • Ask questions: • What is your favorite sound? • What sound would you miss the most if you couldn’t hear? • What sounds connect you to people and your environment? Personalize Hearing Loss Training + Motivation Innovation and Trends in Hearing Conservation
    34. 34. Your Partners in Safety Training Materials • www.hearforever.org • www.hearingconservation.org • www.grc.nasa.gov/www/acoustics • www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/noise • www.dangerousdecibels.org Training + Motivation Innovation and Trends in Hearing Conservation Demonstrate Future Risk
    35. 35. Your Partners in Safety Training + Motivation Innovation and Trends in Hearing Conservation www.hearforever.org
    36. 36. Your Partners in Safety Hearing Loss Due to Noise Exposure Is… PREVENTABLE! • Painless • Permanent • Progressive
    37. 37. Your Partners in Safety Your Turn: Ask the Expert TheBestValueIn SafetySolutionsSince1946 Alex Berti National Product Sales Manager - Hearing Howard Leight® / Honeywell Safety Products (954) 435-6162 alex.berti@honeywell.com www.howardleight.com • www.honeywell.com Magid Contact Contact your local Magid sales rep at: 1-800-444-8030 marketing@magidglove.com • www.magidglove.com
    38. 38. Your Partners in Safety Thank You! Innovation and Trends in Hearing Conservation

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