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OSHA Trade Release
June 2, 2003
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999
Preventing noise-induced hearing loss is focus of Alliance
WASHINGTON -- The National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA) has become the latest in a growing number of organizations agreeing to work with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to advance worker safety and health.
NHCA formalized the Alliance June 2 to set in motion a collaborative relationship with OSHA for the prevention of hearing loss caused by exposure to industrial and construction-related noise and other environmental factors in the workplace.
"Millions of workers are exposed to high noise levels on the job," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "It's important that we do everything possible to eliminate the risk of hearing loss. The Alliance with NHCA allows us the opportunity to work with a wide range of professionals who are expert in hearing conservation and best practices."
"We are delighted to have the opportunity to enter into this alliance agreement with OSHA," added Tim Bailey, NHCA President. "Our mission is to eliminate noise-induced hearing loss at work, home and play. This alliance will allow us to use our immense professional association's resources to develop recommended best practices, hearing conservation programs and practical guides for industry, with a special emphasis on the construction industry."
A key feature to this Alliance is the future development of a guide for hearing protection that will include a matrix for the use of hearing protection devices in various noise settings. Models on hearing conservation and hearing loss prevention programs for the construction and maritime industries will also be designed.
Through the Alliance, OSHA and NHCA agree to advance a culture of good hearing health by developing and implementing hearing conservation and hearing loss prevention programs. They will provide NHCA members with information, guidance and training geared to reducing exposures to hazards that result in hearing loss. Training courses will also be developed on noise and hearing loss prevention, including a "Train the Trainer Course" for toolbox talks and a program for vocational school populations.
NHCA and OSHA will develop and disseminate information through various media, including their respective websites. OSHA plans to create and update electronic assistance tools on its website that will address noise and hearing conservation for general industry, as well as the construction and maritime industries.
NHCA is a national organization dedicated to preventing hearing loss due to noise and other environmental factors in all sectors of society. The organization's membership reflects the cross-functional nature of hearing conservation and includes audiologists, engineers, industrial hygienists, safety professionals, physicians, and nurses.
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