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.
Which is the most Important ??
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 dBAOSHA Workers Comp
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