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Implementation of a hearing conservation program

ACTIVITIES

  OBJECTIVES

1. NOISE STUDIES :

  • Sonometry

  • Dosimetry

 

  • Establish the actual sound conditions in the plant

  • Evaluate workers' noise exposure

2. NOISE REDUCTION PROGRAM :

  • Identification of noise sources and control solutions

  • Acoustical Engineering

  • Implementation of corrective actions

  • Control noise at source and/or on propagation

3. PREVENTION :

  • Use of acoustical specifications when buying new equipment

  • Noise control during plant construction or re-structuring phase
     

  • Prevent noise problem prior to new equipment installation or plant construction

4. AUDIOMETRIC TEST :
  • Upon hiring
  • Periodic test (6 months, 1 year or 2 years)
     
  • Establish worker hearing reference chart
  • Follow hearing loss evolution
5. HEARING PROTECTION :
  • Training on the use and maintenance of hearing protection devices
  • In-situ test of earmuffs with two microphones and two sound-level meters
     
  • Rise worker awareness to the proper use of hearing protection devices
  • Get real protection level
6. FORMATION :
  • Seminars on acoustical materials and noise control
 
  • Information on available techniques to reduce noise

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