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Use these four steps to put a hearing conservation programme in place at your company

by , 20 February 2014
As you know, the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires you to protect your employees from excessive noise. To comply with this duty, you must implement a hearing conservation programme in your workplace. Here's how to do it...

You must implement a hearing conservation programme to comply with the noise-induced hearing loss regulations, says the Health & Safety Advisor.

How?

Follow these four steps to implement a hearing conservation programme in your company

Step #1: Write up a policy regarding noise and re-evaluate it at intervals no more than two years apart.

Step #2: Form a hearing-conservation team. This team should consist of:

  • Your Occupational Health Nurse (OHN)
  • Your Occupational Medical Practitioner (OMP)
  • Your Risk Control Officer
  • Your Health and Safety Representatives
  • Your Technical representative or engineer

Step #3: Make sure your hearing-conservation team fulfills their functions:

They must:

  • Record the noise trends in your departments, with individual and group reports
  • Ensure your senior management signs relevant reports
  • Notify your employees of results
  • Document reported cases
  • Record annual costs of noise conservation

Read on for the last step

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Step #4: Specify what Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required for all your staff

Your employees may need the following PPE to protect themselves from noise:

  • Ear-plugs
  • Muffs
  • Noise clippers (
  • Headphones
  • And much more…

Important: Stats by the World Health Organisation indicate that '360 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss.'

The world health body sites excessive noise, including working with noisy machinery, and exposure to loud music or other loud noises, such as gunfire or explosions as some of the causes of hearing loss. So make sure you protect your employees by implementing a hearing loss programme in your workplace.

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