Establishing a cost efficient and comprehensive hearing conservation program involves five areas: Noise Monitoring and Control, Audiometric Testing, Hearing Protection Devices (HPD), Employee Education Program (EEP) and Record Keeping.
Understanding your need for a Hearing Conservation Program (HCP) begins with Noise Level Mapping showing areas that exceed the OSHA action level of 85dBA over an eight hour time weighted average (TWA). CFR 1910.95 Occupational noise exposure
Inclusion in a Hearing Conservation Program comprised of audiometric testing and hearing conservation training is required for those employees that are exposed at or above the action level. Hearing Protection Devices are recommended to reduce noise exposure. Annual training is required by OSHA to ensure the proper use of HPD to prevent hearing loss. Proper Record Keeping is a must to track potential hearing loss, standard threshold shifts (STS) and recordable shifts on your OSHA 300 log.
Occupational Fitness certifies their technicians under the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC). Our mobile testing units are state-of-the-art, clean and maintained for comfort. Each unit has additional insulation resulting in reduction in ambient noise to ensure the accuracy of your test. We perform mobile audio testing using individual hearing booths and Benson Medical Instruments brand audiometers, computer operated and calibrated in accordance with OSHA specifications. Testing instructions are available in nineteen (19) languages. Upon request, we can provide your annual Hearing Conservation Training via a booklet or 5-minute DVD, both available in either English or Spanish.
We utilize custom designed testing and reporting software enabling us to monitor audiograms being performed and compare results in real time to the baseline test. Notification letters can be given to employees immediately following their tests.
After audio testing is complete, all clients are provided with a binder containing all results appropriate for your employees’ records and fulfilling OSHA requirements.