Hearing Conservation Effectiveness vs OSHA Compliance. Richard L. Stepkin, MS, CCC-A Occupational Audiologist, President Enviromed Corp. Phone: 1-800-521-5051 Website: www.protectyourhearing.com E-Mail: rstepkin @protectyourhearing.com. Hearing Conservation Objectives.
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Hearing Conservation EffectivenessvsOSHA Compliance
Richard L. Stepkin, MS, CCC-A
Occupational Audiologist, President
Which is the most Important ??
STS = 2k, 3k, 4kHz
Tied to 85 dBA TWA
83 dBA = 10 Hr shift
82 dBA = 12 Hr shift
PA = .5k, 1k, 2k, 3kHz
NJ = 1k, 2k, 3k
MD = .5k, 1k, 2k
DE = Medical Evidence
No Age Adjustment
Not tied to 85 dBA
What is the purpose of Hearing Testing?
OSHA looks at 85dBA (TWA)
Averaging noise levels is sometimes used as a way out.
Are we ok at 84.9 dBA? Where is the line drawn?
Are we really protecting hearing?
Do we rely on a software to do our review?
Most physician’s have not had training in Hearing Science – Basic Audiology is not taught in medical school
Certified Audiometric Techs and Nurses are not qualified to interpret according to CAOHC