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ANNUAL ALLIANCE REPORT

Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the
National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA)
January 14, 2005

I. Alliance Background

Date Signed

June 2, 2003

Evaluation Period

June 2, 2003 – June 1, 2004

Overview

OSHA's Alliance with NHCA focuses on preventing noise induced hearing loss in the workplace. In addition, the organizations are using their collective expertise to help advance a culture of good hearing health by developing and implementing Hearing Conservation Programs (HCPs) and Hearing Loss Prevention Programs (HLPPs) while sharing best practices and technical knowledge.

Implementation Team Members

 
OSHA  
Cathy Cronin
Bob Curtis
Deborah Gabry
Earl Hicks
Sandi Khan
Lisa Ramber*
Jack Standard
Office of Training and Education (OTE)
Salt Lake Technical Center (SLTC)
Directorate of Science, Technology and Medicine (DSTM)
Office of Outreach Services and Alliances (OOSA)
OOSA
OOSA
OTE
   
NHCA  
Ted Madison
Rick Neitzel
Theresa Schulz
Carol M. Stephenson
Laurie Wells
President
Director of Communication
Director of Education
National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH)
President-Elect

*Lisa Ramber served as the OSHA-NHCA Alliance Implementation Team Coordinator until March 2004

II. Implementation Team Meetings

 
June 2, 2003
December 18, 2003
May 11, 2004
Kick-Off Meeting, OSHA, Washington, DC
Meeting, Teleconference
Meeting, Teleconference

III. Results
  1. Events and Products

    Training and Education Goal


    • Develop training courses on noise and hearing loss prevention, including a "Train the Trainer Course" for toolbox talks and a program for vocational school populations.

      • No products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.
    Outreach and Communication Goals

    • Create and update electronic assistance tools for OSHA’s web page that address noise and hearing conservation for general industry, construction and maritime.

      Products

      OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages


      Representatives from the OSHA-NHCA Alliance serve on the editorial boards for the following OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages: Noise and Hearing Conservation and Construction – Noise and Hearing Conservation. These pages are maintained as a product of the OSHA-NHCA Alliance. Please see the addendum for a list of the NHCA members that are serving on the editorial boards.

      OSHA eTool

      Representatives from the OSHA-NHCA Alliance are helping to develop and will serve on the editorial board for the Noise and Hearing Conservation eTool that OSHA is developing. Upon completion, the OSHA Noise and Hearing Conservation eTool will be maintained as a product of the OSHA-NHCA Alliance. Please see the addendum for the NHCA members that are serving on the editorial board for the Noise and Hearing Conservation eTool.

    • Collect, promote and share information on NHCA members’ best practices, as jointly determined by OSHA and NHCA, with others in the occupational health and safety and hearing health care professions through outreach by NHCA and OSHA.

      No products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.

    • Develop a guide for hearing protection (including a matrix for hearing protection devices’ usage in various noise settings) that addresses best practices as jointly determined by OSHA and NHCA.

      No products or resources have been developed for this Alliance goal.

    • Design model HCP/HLPPs for the construction and maritime industries.

      No products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.

    • Work with other Alliance participants on specific issues and projects for preventing NIHL that are addressed and developed through the Alliance Program.

      No products or resources have been developed to meet this Alliance goal.
    Promoting the National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health Goals

    • Convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions on HCP/HLPPs to help forge innovative ways to prevent hearing loss in the workplace.

      NHCA representatives attended several OSHA Stakeholder meetings on noise and hearing conservation in the construction industry.

    • Develop and disseminate information at conferences and events, or through print and electronic media, including links from OSHA’s and NHCA’s Web sites.

      Events

      NHCA 29th Annual Conference, February 19 – 21, 2004, Seattle, Washington


      Paula White, Director, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs gave a presentation entitled "OSHA’s Cooperative Programs" on February 20, 2004 at the NHCA’s 29th Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington. In addition, The OSHA-NHCA Alliance shared an exhibit booth with NIOSH during the conference. Deborah Gabry and Carol Stephenson staffed the exhibit booth. The OSHA exhibit staff distributed information on OSHA’s cooperative programs, particularly the Alliance Program, the OSHA-NHCA Alliance, and noise and hearing conservation products.

      NHCA-OSHA Alliance Web Page

      The NHCA Web site features a NHCA-OSHA Alliance page which includes information on OSHA’s Alliance Program and links to the OSHA–NHCA Alliance page, fact sheet, milestones and successes. The NHCA web page also highlights Paula White’s (Director, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, USDOL-OSHA) presentation on February 20, 2004 during the NHCA 29th Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington and an article by the NHCA President, Tim Bailey.

      OSHA-NHCA Alliance Web Page

      The OSHA-NHCA Alliance Web page on OSHA’s Web site features information on the products, resources, activities, events and milestones and successes. For information on the number of visits to the OSHA-NHCA Alliance Web page, please see the Alliance Program Reach table on page 5.

      Print and Electronic Media

      Articles on the OSHA-NHCA Alliance have appeared in a number of printed and online publications, including: the NHCA President’s Message, OSHA’s Press Releases, QuickTakes, Occupational Safety and Health Reporter and insidehealthpolicy.com. Over 50,000 individuals were reached through the publications. For more information on the articles, please see the Alliance Program Reach on page 5.
  2. Executive Summary

    Through the Alliance Program, OSHA and NHCA have reached out to NHCA’s members and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources to help them protect employees’ health and safety, particularly by addressing issues associated with noise-induced hearing loss and implementing Hearing Conservation Programs (HCPs) and Hearing Loss Prevention Programs (HLPPs).

    In its first year, the OSHA-NHCA Alliance Web page on OSHA’s Web site was launched. It features links to related documents, activities and events, products and resources, and milestones and successes. The NHCA Web site has a NHCA-OSHA Alliance web page which features Alliance Program information. Additionally, members of the implementation team helped to review and revise OSHA’s Noise and Hearing Conservation and Construction-Noise and Hearing Conservation Safety and Health Topics pages. The Alliance is helping to develop OSHA’s Noise and Hearing Conservation eTool. The OSHA-NHCA Alliance maintains OSHA’s Noise and Hearing Conservation Safety and Health Topics pages and has agreed to maintain OSHA’s Noise and Hearing Conservation eTool once it is posted to the OSHA Web site. Please see the addendum for the NHCA members that are serving on the editorial boards for OSHA’s Noise and Hearing Conservation Safety and Health Topics pages and the Noise and Hearing Conservation eTool.

    Representatives from the OSHA-NHCA Alliance made presentations and exhibited at conferences and meetings during the first year of the Alliance to promote the Alliance and share information to the public about noise-induced hearing loss and hearing conservation, the events included the 2004 NHCA Annual 29th Hearing Conservation Conference and OSHA Stakeholder meetings on hearing conservation in the construction industry.

  3. Alliance Program Reach
Type of Activity (Conference, Training, Print and Electronic Distribution, etc.) Number of Individuals Reached or Trained
February 19-21: 2004 NHCA 29th Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington
  • Speaker: Paula White, Director, Directorate of Cooperate and State Programs, USDOL-OSHA, "Cooperative Programs: Expanding OSHA’s Impact." OSHA-NHCA Alliance shared an exhibit booth with NIOSH during the conference.
300
March 24-25, 2004: Stakeholder meeting Chicago Illinois
  • Ted Madison and Carol Stephenson represented the NHCA at the stakeholder meeting.
Data Not Available
Noise and Hearing Conservation Safety and Health Topics page 67,000
Construction – Noise and Hearing Conservation Safety and health Topics page 45,400
July 2003 – "Changing Times," NHCA Presidents Message 430
June 15, 2003 – "National Hearing Conservation Association Aligns with OSHA," OSHA’s bi-weekly e-newsletter, QuickTakes 50,000
June 9, 2003 – "OSHA Forms Partnership with Hearing Conservation Group," insidehealthpolicy.com Data Not Available
June 5, 2003 – "OSHA Aligns with Hearing Association to Prevent Noise Induced Hearing Loss," Occupational Safety and Health Reporter Data Not Available
NHCA Alliance Webpage on the OSHA Website 4,649
June 2, 2003 – "National Hearing Conservation Association Aligns with OSHA
Preventing noise-induced hearing loss is focus of Alliance," OSHA News Release
25 News Services
TOTAL 167,379

IV. Upcoming Milestones

In the Alliance’s second year, OSHA and NHCA will continue to provide information, guidance, and access to training resources to protect employees’ health and safety, particularly the prevention of noise-induced hearing loss and the implementation of HCPs and HLPPs.

Members of the Alliance implementation team plan to participate in NHCA’s 30th Annual Conference, February 24 – 26, 2005, in Tucson, Arizona. Deborah Gabry, Health Scientist, DSTM, will give a presentation entitled "OSHA’s Alliance Program," particularly focusing on the OSHA-NHCA Alliance. Additionally, OSHA plans to staff an exhibit booth with information products on the OSHA-NHCA Alliance, the Alliance Program, and OSHA’s other cooperative programs as well as hearing conservation and personal protective equipment.

The OSHA - NHCA Alliance Implementation Team has also discussed a number of additional activities that will be undertaken in the upcoming year. NHCA representatives will continue to serve on the Noise and Hearing Conservation and Construction- Noise and Hearing Conservation Safety and Health Topics pages and finish the eTool and serve on its editorial board. The Alliance will also review and provide comments on OSHA documents as requested. In addition, the team has agreed to work with another Alliance Program participant, the National Association of Shooting Ranges (NASR) and the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, Inc. (SAAMI) on the development of a HCP for indoor shooting ranges.


Report prepared by: Sandi Khan, Alliance Coordinator, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, January 14, 2005.


Addendum

NHCA representatives serving on the editorial pages for OSHA’s Noise and Hearing Conservation and Construction- Noise and Hearing Conservation Safety and Health Topics page and the OSHA Noise eTool:

Carol M. Stephenson, National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA)
National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH), Cincinnati OH

Ted Madison, President, NHCA, 3M Company, St Paul, MN

Rick Neitzel, Director of Communication, NHCA, University of Washington Dept. of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, Seattle, WA

Theresa Schulz, Director of Education, NHCA, Sonomax Hearing Healthcare, Fall Branch, TN

Laurie Wells, President-Elect, NHCA, Associates In Acoustics, Loveland, CO

Randy Tubbs, NIOSH, Cincinnati OH

John Elmore, NHCA, Precision Hearing Conservation, Helotes, TX

Lee Hager, NHCA, Sonomax Hearing Healthcare, Portland, MI

Mary McDaniel, NHCA, Pacific Hearing Conservation, Inc., Seattle, WA

Dennis Driscoll, NHCA, Associates in Acoustics, Evergreen, CO

Deanna Meinke, NHCA, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO

James Lankford, NHCA, Professor Emeritus, University of Northern Illinois, Dekalb, IL

Tim Bailey, NHCA, Quest Technologies, Inc., Oconomowoc, WI