Occupational Safety blog
Hearing protectors help combat hearing loss, improve compliance
Effective hearing protection should be comfortable, effective, and yet still enable people to talk to one another. Custom Protect Ear’s hearing protection devices are made of a medical-grade silicone, and they are designed to be soft and flexible. The advantage of the softer devices is better comfort and function. They change shape slightly as the wearer’s ear canal changes shape when talking or chewing, thereby continuing to seal during those activities.Read full article
Hearing protection among people in the construction industry
Hearing loss amongst workers in the construction industry is quite common and preventable with proper hearing protection. It is not at all a surprise that construction industry professionals run the risk of greater hearing loss than most. When you take into consideration the amount of noise produced from machinery such as jackhammers exceeding 120 decibels, a worker can find themselves in an enivronment comparable to a rock concert. Constant exposure to loud noise without adequate hearing protection over the span of many months and years contributes to noise-induced hearing loss.Read full article
Spirometry - New respiratory guidance documents
OSHA and NIOSH have created two guidance documents, one for workers and one for employers, showing how the use of spirometry testing will reduce and prevent workers' exposure to respiratory hazards. Spirometry is a common pulmonary function test that measures how well a person moves air in and out of the lungs. To catch changes of problems in lung function, spirometry is the industry standard testing method. Inhaling some types of dusts, gases, or other air contaminants can damage lungs. The spirometry test may detect breathing problems or significant changes in a worker's lung function at an early stage.Read full article
“..Sonic onsite testing came out to our facility on short notice with a smile and a more than positive attitude! He was more than happy to educate our workers on the proper use of hearing protection using audiometric testing and took the time to explain his process to staff. Mike’s knowledge of spirometry, fit testing and the ability to match these services to our needs was an exceptional help to boost the ongoing growth of our Safety Program. It was a pleasure doing onsite testing with Sonic OnSite Services and will encourage colleagues to do the same!
Diahann Potrebenko | HSE Manager
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