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Released March 7, 2005



HATTIESBURG – The Office of Continuing Education at The University of Southern Mississippi will offer an Industrial Audiometry and Hearing Conservation Workshop March 14-16.

The two-and-a-half day certification course will also be offered August 8-10. A one-day recertification course is also being offered on March 15 and August 9. The programs are approved by the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation.

The Industrial Audiometry and Hearing Conservation Workshop courses are specifically designed for industrial nurses, safety engineers and other personnel responsible for initiating programs to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Act regulations applicable to noise and hearing loss.

Participants learn to test hearing and to establish hearing conservation programs in the workplace. This training meets the requirements for the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation, and the curriculum is devised in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations No. 29, Part 1910.95.

Southern Miss has provided this training for the past 32 years, successfully training many industrial hearing conservationists in Mississippi and surrounding states.

The workshop director is Dr. Bob Rhodes, CAOHC #670. Rhodes is an approved CAOHC course director. He has been directing industrial audiometry workshops since 1971 and is one of the top 10 in the number of technicians trained in the past four years.

Enrollment for each workshop course is limited. Normally, occupational hearing conservationists are recertified every five years. The second day of the two-day workshop serves as the eight-hour recertification course. For more information, call Mary Ann Iverson at (601) 266-5682 or visit


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April 8, 2005 2:59 PM