Raise awareness about Occupational Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (ONIHL)

On average, hearing protection devices are only worn for about 38 percent of the time that a worker is exposed to excessive noise. A study from the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences shows that raising awareness among employees and providing proper training can have a positive impact on their wear rate.

Educate your employees so that you can:

  • Reduce the risk of occupational noise-induced hearing loss and deafness
  • Comply with occupational health and safety regulations regarding training for at-risk employees
  • Improve their hearing protection wear rate when they are exposed to noise
  • Motivate them so that they have a positive attitude towards hearing preservation. Ensure that they understand what is at stake, and how important it is to be protected
Cotral Lab helps train employees understand noise-related risks

Raising awareness starts when the ear moulds are taken

Employee training and educating staff about Hearing Protectors

The first key step in your hearing conservation campaign is when the ear impressions (moulds) are taken. This is done on-site, by a hearing protection specialist, at a time convenient for you.

During this appointment, your employees will learn about:

  • Noise and how the ear works
  • The risks of being exposed to noise without adequate hearing protection
  • Why they should wear their hearing protectors 100 percent of the time they are exposed to noise
  • How the ear moulds are taken
  • The hearing protection devices they will be provided with

Auditools: free awareness and training tools

Download free posters and awareness-raising tools to help your hearing conservation program:

  • “About Noise” posters explain how the ear works and the impact of noise on the unprotected ear
  • “Noise Scale” is a great reminder about how loud your specific industry can be, and how exposed your employees are
  • Other downloadable content reminds your employees how important it is to be protected the entire time they are exposed to noise, during working time as well as in their leisure time
Raising awareness about hearing protection

Successfully implement your hearing conservation campaign

You want to reduce noise related risks in your business, but where to begin? What hearing protection should you choose? How to involve your employees and facilitate the implementation of your selected solution?

Start with these three easy steps:

  • Setup a timeframe for your campaign
  • Use various communication channels, so your campaign can have a better impact
  • Repeat your messages frequently

CE Standard - Required Training Program

Employee Training and Education

As an employer, you must implement a hearing conservation program for all employees who need to wear hearing protection.

  • Training must be provided regularly, at least annually, for each employee in the hearing conservation program
  • Training must be repeated at any time when equipments or circumstances change
Man thinking about hearing protection

You must ensure that your training includes:

  • How hearing works
  • The harmful effects of noise
  • The purpose, use, care and maintainance of hearing protectors
  • The role of audiometric testing and an explanation of test procedures
  • The social handicaps resulting from occupational noise-induced hearing loss