- A three-day workshop designed for industrial nurses, safety engineers
and others responsible for safeguarding hearing in the workplace
is scheduled for Aug. 11-13 at The University of Southern Mississippi.
Audiometry and Hearing Conservation Workshop is being coordinated
by the Southern Miss Department of Continuing Education and Distributed
is tailored to personnel responsible for complying with Occupational
Safety and Health (OSHA) regulations applicable to noise and hearing
Dr. Bob Rhodes,
a certified Council for Accreditation on Occupational Hearing Conservation
(CAOHC) course director, will be the instructor.
Conservation Workshop at Southern Miss is designed for anybody in
industry who is responsible for, or who just wants to learn about
the OSHA regulation," Rhode said. "It covers who must
comply, and how to test hearing.
cover anatomy of the hearing mechanism, acoustics, the fitting of
hearing protection, record-keeping, noise measurement and other
been directing similar workshops since 1971, when the OSHA regulation
covering workplace noise levels first appeared. In 2002, he ranked
fourth in the United States in number of people trained.
workplaces in the country, Rhodes said, are typically found in the
automotive industry, or any workplace where the unmuffled use of
internal combustion engines is commonplace.
and paper industries that use moving saw blades are also quite noisy,"
Noise in the
workplace is measured in two ways. A sound-level meter is used in
environments where there is little or no variation in noise levels,
and a device called a dosimeter is used where conditions vary.
collects sound over the course of a workday then produces a reading
applicable to that environment.
that there is a significant problem with hearing loss in the United
States, industrial and otherwise.
are some 28 million people in the United States with hearing loss,"
Rhodes said. "Not all of those, of course, are noise related,
but this kind of loss is the most preventable. Not all noise-related
loss is industrial; lots of it is recreational, like rock music,
loud motor vehicles, racing cars, etc.
causes of hearing loss are aging, history of loss in the family,
diseases, certain ototoxic medications, etc."
Audiometry and Hearing Conservation Workshop will be held in Room
239 of Harkins Hall on the Southern Miss campus. The fee for the
two-and-a-half day certification course is $400.
day of the workshop, Aug. 12, serves as an eight-hour recertification
course. The fee for this one-day recertification is $160.
in the workshop may register by calling (601) 266-4186 Monday through
Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or in person in Room 307 of McLemore
Hall on the Southern Miss campus.