What will the program achieve?
Research Goal 1.2 - Develop a practical guide for preventing occupational hearing loss.
In 2006, NIOSH will formally join an OSHA/NHCA alliance. The purpose of the alliance is to repackage or create hearing loss prevention training and information materials that will assist employers and hearing health professionals in preventing occupational hearing loss. The alliance will tailor portions of the NIOSH “Practical Guide” and particularly the hearing conservation program evaluation checklist to meet the specific needs of small business employers. This information will be made available to small businesses through the NIOSH, OSHA, and NHCA websites, and through associated trade partners such as hearing protector manufacturers and producers of audiometric and sound measurement equipment. In addition, future guides may be developed for specific occupational populations such as agricultural youth and hearing-impaired workers.