Most jobs require the ability to see well in order to perform them effectively. However, there are some careers where vision is of the utmost importance. These professions require near-perfect vision in order for them to be performed effectively. Because of this, regular vision screening is critical to ensuring the job gets done safely and correctly.
Thinking about expanding your testing capabilities to include spirometry? It is a useful, reliable, and easy-to-administer test that is great for detecting early change and progression of respiratory diseases that could be caused by conditions in the work environment. However, getting started with spirometry isn’t as easy as simply buying the equipment and testing.
A few decades back, audiometer manufacturers started embracing microprocessor technology. Since then, smart phones, tablets, and wireless internet have emerged, ultimately leading to the advent of tablet audiometers. Manufacturers of these devices claim that they are clinically validated, ANSI and ISO compliant, NOAH certified, and HIPAA compliant. These devices, without a doubt, are easy to use, affordable, and innovative. However, can they compare to conventional hearing testing systems using microprocessor audiometers, electro-acoustic simulators, and noise-attenuating sound booths?
Are you looking to upgrade your industrial audiometry equipment? e3 Diagnostics has a selection of audiometers for occupational health professionals available from the world’s leading manufacturers. Here are Four worth checking out:
Excessive exposure to loud noise is an unfortunate aspect of many jobs. When anyone is exposed to 8 hours of 85 dBA or higher every workday, without proper protection, damage can and usually does occur. So, which tools and equipment generate damaging levels of noise on the jobsite? Here’s a list of the top ten culprits, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Ototoxicants are chemicals that have been identified by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) as causing hearing loss and balance issues when inhaled, absorbed through the skin, or ingested. They are found in some pesticides, solvents, medications, and other chemicals found workplaces. And, according to OSHA, their negative effect on a person’s hearing increases when workers are also exposed to elevated noise levels.
Hearing loss in the workplace is a serious consequence of workers being exposed to damaging noise levels. Consider these statistics:
- An air compressor, from 3 feet away, registers 92 decibels, which would cause hearing loss in less than 2 hours.
- A power drill registers 98 decibels, which would cause hearing damage in about a half hour.
- Power saws can reach an excruciating 110 decibels. To a worker within 3 feet of this noise, permanent hearing loss can occur in under 2 minutes.
- Working on the floor of a factory, workers are exposed to upwards of 100 decibels of noise. Hearing loss can set in after only 15 minutes in this environment.
Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2007 S.R. No. 54/2007 Authorized Version states that “an employer must ensure that no employee at the workplace is exposed to noise that exceeds the noise exposure standard ….” So just how can an employer adhere to that regulation? And are there suggestions an employee who is at risk of sustaining too much noise exposure can make to their employer to ensure a safe environment?
Can an employee claim hearing loss as a “disability?” According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), there are circumstances that allow a person to be eligible for disability benefits without having to meet or match a “disability rating” covered in the SSA Blue Book. To decide if someone with hearing loss can still competently perform their duties, or the duties of any other job in the workforce, The SSA considers several factors. These include the person’s age, educational background, and vocational history.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has official limits on the decibel level American workers can be exposed to during an 8-hour shift. OSHA's permissible exposure limit is 90 A-weighted decibels (dBA) over 8 hours. However, the organization also states that for every 5 dBA increased, the amount of time the worker can be exposed reduces by 50 percent.