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Beyond the Basics: Advanced Topics in Hearing Conservation In Pandemics and Beyond

Sep 01, 2021

Sponsored by Vallen


Sponsored by Vallen. Despite having hearing conservation programs in place, occupational noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) continues to persist. The synergistic effect of ototoxic exposures and noise in petroleum refining add to the potential for NIHL. In this presentation, Shari Franklin covers several best practices in hearing conservation that can help improve outcomes. A recent study in Occupational Medicine showed the impact of using various methods to reduce the rate of standard threshold shifts, such as engineering controls, training, and fit testing. While hearing protection devices are often a commonly deployed control, advanced technologies can help when job tasks may require unique solutions to allow for greater ability to hear surrounding sounds and communicate more with other workers.

At the end of this webinar, users should be able to:

  • Summarize health effects of noise and ototoxic exposures.
  • Review 2 case studies on advanced hearing conservation technique implementation, including fit testing as training and selection tool, and integrated hearing and PPE solutions.
  • Identify 3 tips for completing noise and audibility risk assessments.
  • Describe expanded hearing protection selection criteria as well as advanced hearing protection and communications technologies that may offer advantages to workers whose tasks have communication and situational awareness requirements, including the importance of signal to noise ratios to help improve speech intelligibility.

Shari Franklin Smith, CIH, CSP
Sharath Smith_PersonifyShari Franklin Smith has worked 25+ years helping to keep workers healthy and safe, including 9+ years managing safety and health professionals supporting 3M’s PPE products such as hearing, respiratory, and fall protection, and protective clothing. Supported human factors research in high visibility clothing and hearing conservation. Shari supports the construction, chemical manufacturing, and food industries as a 3M application engineer and is Secretary of AIHA’s Construction Committee. She helped several companies implement hearing protection fit testing, hosted multiple health and safety symposiums, and has spoken on COVID-19, manganese hazards in welding, silica and beryllium.



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