Evaluation of hearing conservation program effectiveness: compliance vs. best practices.
NHCA Spectrum 2003 Feb; 20(1):23
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has conducted a study examining factors affecting hearing conservation program (HCP) effectiveness in three manufacturing plants. The study purpose was to develop methods for evaluating hearing conservation programs and to identify predictors of program effectiveness. The presentation will illustrate how focus groups, comprised of line workers and supervisors, were used to clarify and augment information gathered through more traditional program assessments (paper audits, interviews with HCP administrators) at three plants to provide a more enriched picture of hearing conservation practices. Results indicate that exclusive reliance on such practices as policy review, audiometric testing audits, and noise surveillance to evaluate the effectiveness of workplace hearing conservation programs fails to capture the impact of these programs as experienced by workers at the "shop floor" and offers little insight into the reasons and potential remedies for noted deficiencies.
Hearing-conservation; Hearing-disorders; Hearing-impairment; Hearing-loss; Hearing-protection; Training; Occupational-safety-programs; Noise-control; Engineering-controls
Abstract; Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Disease and Injury: Hearing Loss
NHCA Spectrum, Proceedings of the 28th Annual Conference, National Hearing Conservation Association Meeting, February 20-22, 2003