Going Global with Hearing Conservation: Regulations and Trends

Course Type: Webinar
Contact Hours: 1.0

Wednesday January 25, 2017

  • Pacific: 9:00am - 10:00am
  • Mountain: 10:00am - 11:00am
  • Central: 11:00am - 12:00pm
  • Eastern: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Members: FREE
Nonmembers: $20

Course Description:

Preventing the ill-effects of excessive noise exposure in the workplace typically starts from a regulatory approach; however, growth of the global economy has complicated an already difficult task, due to multiple country-specific regulations and enforcement environments. This presentation will compare and contrast regulations regarding hearing loss prevention and noise control between the U.S.A., the E.U., and five other countries. Specifically, information regarding concepts of exposure limits, exchange rate, detection of hearing loss through audiometric monitoring, de-rating of hearing protection devices, will be explained. In addition, recommendations for operating hearing loss prevention programs around the globe will be offered.

Course Outcomes:

Upon completion of this session, the learner will be able to:

  1. List two aspects of noise exposure regulations that differ around the globe.
  2. Describe one example of a company policy that is based on best practices and goes beyond the regulatory requirements.
  3. Describe one emerging trend in hearing conservation.

The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. (AAOHN) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. is additionally approved as a CNE provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing (#CEP9283).

Presenter Information: 

Laurie Wells, Au.D., is an audiologist and Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialist for 3M Personal Safety Division, where she works with hearing protection and hearing conservation program regulatory issues around the globe.  Her responsibilities include supporting standards development activities and providing technical information to 3M subsidiaries.  Previously, she worked for a consulting firm based in Colorado, where she provided professional audiology review of hearing loss cases, audiometric database analysis, assessment of hearing protection devices, audits of hearing conservation programs and conducted employee noise exposure assessment, audiometric testing and employee education. The experience of directly interacting with workers at their jobsites as well as consulting with corporate level health and safety professionals has allowed Laurie to integrate real-world issues with policy making in an effort to better shape effective preventive practices. Laurie is the current Chair of the Council for Accredita­tion in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC). One of her favorite sounds is the pop when the jar lid seals during canning!

AAOHN Education Joint Provider:

University of Michigan Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering


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