Public meeting in DC will focus on preventing hearing loss in the workplace

WASHINGTON, DC—A forum for those concerned with how best to prevent occupational hearing loss will be held here on Thursday, November 3 starting at 9 am.

Hosted by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the informal public meeting is intended to provide a forum for stakeholders and gather information from them on best practices for hearing conservation programs, personal protective equipment, and feasible engineering controls. The 4-hour meeting is part of OSHA’s commitment to work with stakeholders on approaches for preventing occupational hearing loss.

“Between 20,000 and 25,000 workers suffer preventable hearing loss every year due to high workplace noise levels,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “In January, OSHA launched an education, outreach, and consultation initiative on preventing work-related hearing loss. As part of that initiative, OSHA committed to holding this stakeholder meeting to elicit the views of employers, workers, noise control experts, and public health professionals.”

The meeting will be held at the Frances Perkins Building, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-4437 A/B/C/D, at 200 Constitution Ave. N.W., Washington, DC. Interested parties may register online, call 781/674-7374, or fax a request to 781/674-7200. The deadline to register is October 27.