Proceedings: best practices in hearing loss prevention (October 28, 1999, Detroit, Michigan).
Approximately 30 million workers are exposed to hazardous noise on the job. In Michigan, an estimated 86,000 workers have work-related noise-induced hearing loss. Despite the fact that it is 100 percent preventable, loss of hearing is one of the most prevalent occupational diseases in the United States and the second highest self-reported workplace injury or illness. On October 28, 1999, leaders from industry, government, labor, professional and trade organizations, and academia met in Detroit to share best practices for preventing work-related hearing impairment. The symposium highlighted an array of proven strategies and new advancements for protecting workers’ hearing. The symposium was sponsored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA), and the Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences Department of Wayne State University. Additional support for this program was provided by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Michigan Industrial Hygiene Society, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the National Safety Council, the Institute of Noise Control Engineering, and the Douglas A. Fraser Center for Workplace Issues. Topics discussed included noise abatement and control, advancements in hearing protector design, practical solutions for successful hearing protection programs, and new federal and state initiatives. The conference provided an opportunity for the exchange of ideas on workplace hearing-loss prevention and to interact with colleagues responsible for instituting successful programs in their organizations.