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1 Ohio BWC Division of Safety and Hygiene John Canning Cleveland Service Office Lausche Office Building (office) (cell) 1

2 Hearing Conservation and Noise Control 2

3 WHY?????? It’s the LAW Quality of Life Gradual / Painless 3

4 Anatomy of the Ear Semi-Circular Canals Auditory Nerve Pinna Hammer-Anvil-Stirrup Cochlea 4

5 Types of Hearing Loss Conductive Central Sensorineural 5

6 6

7 Degree of Risk Frequency Intensity Duration Individual Variability 7

8 How Loud is Loud? Jet engine140 db Threshold of Pain125 db Pneumatic hammer110 db Compressed Air105+ db Punch Press 95 db Lawn Mower 90 db Conversation 65 db 8

9 Noise Thermometer 9

10 Personal Protective Equipment advantages / disadvantages Cotton Balls Canal Blockers Ear Muffs Ear Plugs NRRs (example on next page) 10

11 NRRs EPA protocol For “A” scale measurements NRR – 7 Noise exposure 92 dBA Manufacturer’s NRR – 7 = 25 ( effective noise exposure reduction ) 92 – 25 = 67 dBA 11

12 Exposure Limits ACGIH85 dBA (3 dBA) NIOSH85 dBA (3dBA) OSHA 84  dBA (5 dBA) (Action Level) dBA 90 dBA 12

13 Noise Monitoring Required by the OSHA standard to identify all noise above 80 dBA Monitoring must be performed whenever there is an increase in production or equipment is added that could increase the noise level 13

14 Audiograms 14

15 Training requirements Annual Training Hearing Conservation Elements Hearing Protectors 15

16 Recordkeeping Monitoring records Audiometric testing records 16

17 Noise Control Engineering Administrative Personal Protective Equipment 17

18 What we’re doing to control noise Fill in here what you’re company is doing to reduce exposure to noise…….. Reducing air pressure, Enclosing loud operations or the operator, Slowing cycle times, Rotating workers, Insulating equipment, breaking the path…. 18

19 Resources (with some Free Stuff) _Poster2.pdf 19


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