Articles by Renee S. Bessette, COHC

There's no excuse: Managing hearing-impaired or deaf workers

It is a misconception that hearing-impaired or deaf workers do not have to participate in a hearing conservation program. Like those with normal hearing, these workers still fall under OSHA, MSHA and FRA regulations for occupational noise exposures.
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Deep down in the mine

Ninety percent of all coal miners above the age of 50 have a hearing impairment, and by the time they retire, they are nearly guaranteed a moderate hearing loss.
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Hearing Conservation

Learn where and when to integrate fit testing in your hearing conservation program to prepare for EPA’s new definition of the NRR.
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When noise exposures persist as a problem

Despite spending more than $1 million to implement more than 30 different noise-reduction projects, one company was cited for excessive noise exposures. Learn how they solved their noise problem.
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Personalize hearing conservation experiences

New technologies could eradicate noise-induced hearing loss through a more personalized and measured approach to hearing conservation.
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Keep the noise down

While the highest attenuating hearing protection devices (HPDs) may be appropriate for employees exposed to high levels of hazardous noise over extended periods of time, they most likely are not suitable for most of the workforce. Overprotection is a challenge for hearing conservation program managers.
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Best practices in hearing conservation

In the two years since America West merged with US Airways to become the number four carrier in the United States, the new US Airways has endeavored to consolidate and enhance its corporate safety program, and specifically its hearing conservation program.
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Listen Up!

Keeping workers properly protected from hazardous noise and motivated to wear their hearing protectors is a challenge for any safety manager. With proper training and ongoing encouragement, most workers do wear their earplugs or earmuffs on the job. However, there are always a few workers who feel compelled to raise objections to wearing their earplugs or earmuffs. Here are a few common objections workers raise to wearing hearing protection devices (HPDs), and some suggestions on how to combat them and perhaps even change those attitudes
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