Noise / Air Quality

Noise / Air Quality

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NOISE MANAGEMENT AND HEARING CONSERVATION SERVICES

Noise is a serious and widespread problem in many industries. Over time, if noise from machinery, equipment and other operational processes exceeds safe exposure limits, it can cause permanent hearing loss. HealthyWorker can design a comprehensive and custom tailored Hearing Conservation Program for your organization.

OH&S AB legislation – Part 16

 

 

 

The following elements are available for this program:

  •   Noise Exposure Assessments
  •   Initial Determinations
  •   Area Noise Surveys
  •   Noise Dosimetry
  •   Hearing Tests
  •   Employee Education, and
  •   Custom Fitted Hearing Protection.

NOISE EXPOSURE ASSESSMENT

Noise exposure assessments must be completed if workers are or may be exposed to excessive noise according to the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code – Part 16, section 219 (1).
In addition, employers are responsible for knowing which workers are overexposed to excessive noise. The noise exposure assessment will help:
1. Determine the noise hazard areas and equipment – so that noise control measures are taken.
2. Identify workers experiencing excessive noise exposure – so that they are provided with the appropriate hearing protection devices, training and hearing tests.
3. Plan a hearing conservation program.
The noise measurement must be completed by instruments only approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards, IEC Standards or others approved by the Director of Occupational Hygiene. Depending on the purpose of the noise exposure measurement, the instruments are:
a. Sound level meter
b. Integrated sound meter and
c. Dosimeter (dosimetry)
Our experienced and competent technicians will complete your noise exposure assessment according to the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code and the required CSA standards 107. 56 – 06. Our process does NOT interrupt production or business. A final report will then be developed for you. Reports can include the actual Octave and dB readings, a summary of noise exposure measurement and relevant legislation. This information will be discussed with you at no extra cost.

 

HEARING TESTS

Often hearing loss is a slow and hidden process that is not easily detected. Audiometry (hearing tests) can identify noise-induced hearing loss in people before they notice it themselves. Early diagnosis and intervention is the key to preventing industry related hearing problems. Mobile On-site and in-clinic Audiometric Services can be arranged for employees at high-risk. This service is provided by QUALIFIED AUDIOMETRIC TECHNICIANS, usually every one or two years.

With our testing services, each worker is assessed individually. The results of the test (normal, abnormal, early loss index) are confidentially discussed with the worker following completion. Audiograms (graphs that identify the softest sounds a person can hear at different pitches or frequencies) are reviewed and compared to previous reports (if available) by Industrial Audiometric Consultants. A list of the employees tested along with their respective category results are sent to the employer for record keeping. The original reports are then stored at our facility, or they can be sent back to your company if regulated storage for health information is available.
REPORTS are available for Alberta and OSHA compliance.
HealthyWorker technicians evaluate employees on a one-to-one basis to ensure an immediate, comprehensive and complete personal consultation about their test. HealthyWorker encourages companies in smaller communities to arrange for same day testing to reduce costs associated with testing. We have been very successful with this program in the following communities in Southern Alberta; Taber, Medicine Hat, Fort Macleod, Pincher Creek, Claresholm, Coaldale and Bow Island.

Our rate of testing is approximately 4 – 8 employees per hour with our two booth mobile vehicles.
OCCUPATIONAL HEARING LOSS IS COMPLETELY PREVENTABLE.
CUSTOM FITTED HEARING PROTECTION

HealthyWorker is an authorized dealer for CUSTOM PROTECT EAR.
The Smartest Hearing Protection in the World
“Raising the Standard for Reliability: In addition to producing the highest-rated hearing protectors in North America, Custom Protect Ear is the only hearing protection manufacturer to earn ISO 9001:2000 Registration. All of our industrial protectors meet or exceed CSA, OSHA, ANSI, WCB and WSIB standards.”
This brand of ear protection uses exclusive, specialized noise filters and offers a full range of hearing protectors designed to work in a variety of different industrial environments: dB Blockers communicate ear, convertible vented, non-vented, vented and dB Blockers sleepers. From an economic, safety and comfort standpoint, dB Blockers are unmatched in performance and effectiveness.
Our trained technicians will arrive at your worksite and fit your employees individually for prescription hearing protectors. And, just like prescription eyewear, fitted protectors may need adjustment for maximum comfort. HealthyWorker has technicians available that will return to your worksite and perform adjustments as required. These high quality protectors usually pay for themselves in less than two years compared to using foam disposables.
For more information about dB Blockers visit www.protectear.com and see the many options available.
COMPRESSED BREATHING AIR TESTING
Part 2 and Part 4 of the Occupational Health and Safety Code of Alberta state that Employers must ensure that a worker’s exposure to air contaminants must be reduced to approved occupational limits.

Compressed breathing air testing is conducted to measure the concentration of breathing air contaminant and the first step in determining how the air contaminant could be controlled.
Compressed air quality testing is also used to monitor the effectiveness of a control measure implemented. This is very cost-effective as compared to cost of WCB claims, health care, loss of productivity and liability.
HealthyWorker is able to test for Dust Particulates, Silica, Asbestos, Mould and many more breathing air contaminants by methodologies consistent with the Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code and NIOSH standards.
Our laboratory analyses are completed via certified approved laboratories that have additional accreditation from the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program.