OSHA’s Revised Record-Keeping Rule. by Paul L. Osley, PE, BCEE, CIH, CSP Principal Environmental Occupational Health Services.
Paul L. Osley, PE, BCEE, CIH, CSP
Principal Environmental Occupational Health Services
The following presentation is a synopsis of the information provided in the April 2006 Synergist Article:“Counting Ears – OSHA’s Revised Record-Keeping Rule for Hearing Loss Yields Insight”by Lee D. Hager
(pre-2004) OSHA hearing loss record keeping/data
I’m Glad You Asked !
How about a crash course in Biostatistics and Epidemiology!
(seeThe Synergist, October 2002, pp. 32-33)
Because until 2004, the OSHA hearing loss record-keeping requirements in 29 CFR 1904.10 was a “guideline rather than a regulation” and hearing loss fell into a catch-all “all other illnesses” section of OSHA’s record keeping rules
Hold on to Your Seats !
(One moment … please)
Industry Injury and Illness Data
“Making hearing loss data publicly and widely available allows employers to view the net results of their hearing conservation program efforts in a new way. It enables benchmarking of hearing conservation program performance by comparing individual hearing impairment and recordability rates across and within industries.”
“These data also provide the first truly useful information about the net effect of hearing conservation programs on a national basis. While arguments may conitue about the appropriateness of OSHA’s new recordable hearing loss criteria, the ability to readily view hearing impairment should enable employers, industrial hygienists, hearing conservationists and OSHA to better focus their energies where the problem is clearly demonstrated to be greatest.”