What will the program achieve?
Research Goal 1.7 - Develop an evaluation checklist for HLPPs
The checklist will continue to be revised by HLR program staff based on comments from users and anecdotal or research evidence of its usefulness. It will continue to be provided to hearing health professionals and regulatory agencies in the U.S. and globally (e.g. OSHA, MSHA, European Union) as a template checklist to assist in hearing conservation program evaluation, particularly if an opportunity arises to assist regulatory bodies who may wish to issue revised or additional hearing conservation standards. WHO is creating a global web portal that will contain OSH educational and informational materials, and the program evaluation checklist will be submitted to this portal as a tool for hearing health professionals as soon as it opens for submissions. The “Practical Guide” document will also be submitted in its entirety after the currently planned revisions are complete. WHO will complete translations of these products into various languages according to their needs protocol.
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.