Can You Hear Me? Implementing FAES in Food Processing [3323]
Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center
Room: A220

   Sharath Smith, Senior Technical Specialist, 3M

Track: Industrial Hygiene
Secondary Track: All Industries and Workplaces
Session Type: Educational Session
Skill Level: Intermediate

Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) remains a leading occupational illness despite earplug use. A recent study showed 28 percent of workers required either retraining or different earplugs to gain adequate protection. Field Attenuation Estimation Systems (FAES) for fit testing hearing protection devices may help identify workers at risk for NIHL from poor fit or plug mismatch. Learn to effectively implement fit-testing as an earplug selection and training tool in your facility.

Learning Objectives:
List the benefits of using personal attenuation ratings using Occupational Safety and Health Administration derating schemes of noise reduction ratings to determine worker protection from noise
Discuss various FAES techniques, best practices and objective methods to determine proper fit of hearing protection devices
Explain the key intervention methods to reduce the risk of noise induced hearing loss
Identify tools to effectively implement FAES into hearing conservation programs
Describe how to use FAES as a hands-on training approach to teach at-risk workers to properly insert hearing protection devices, so that training is maintained over time

CEU Hours:  
  IACET: 0.1
  HRCI: 1
  Sanitarian: 1
  BWC Discount Programs: 1

File & Handouts:
Session 3323 Handout

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