Occupational hearing loss is one of the most common work-related illnesses in the United States. Nonetheless, hearing loss is preventable. The University of California, Irvine (UCI) has set in place a Hearing Conservation Program (HCP) in order to prevent permanent noise induced hearing loss resulting from on-the job noise exposure. The components of the HCP include:
- Workplace and employee noise evaluation:
- Noise assessment to determine if administrative and engineering controls are needed, and how they will be implemented.
- Identification of areas or processes that require noise abatement and/or posting.
- Evaluation and periodic re-evaluation of employees' exposure, by job classification, to determine which job titles need to be included in the Hearing Conservation Program.
- Maintenance of employee exposure measurements records;
- Provision of Hearing Conservation training in consultation with the campus Occupational Health provider;
- Assistance in the selection of proper protective devices and instruction on their use
To initiate the noise evaluation in your workplace, please complete the Hearing Conservation and Noise Exposure Assessment form