Occupational hearing loss is one of the most common work-related illnesses in the United States. Nonetheless, hearing loss is preventable. 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.