Is it just me, or can trying to decipher an OSHA regulation be confusing? Take, for instance, the OSHA Occupational Noise Exposure Standard (29 CFR 1910.95). The OSHA noise standard defines the action level to enroll an employee in a hearing conversation program as “an 8-hour time-weighted average of 85 decibels measured on the A-scale, slow response, or equivalently, a dose of 50 percent.” Because the action level is based on an exposure for an 8-hour work shift, a common point of confusion is what to do for work shifts that are not 8 hours, such as 10- or 12-hour work shifts. A common question we are asked is, “We work a 12-hour shift: Should I use 8 or 12 as the time duration on my noise dosimeter to calculate the time-weighted average?” Understanding how changing the time duration of a noise dosimeter sample affects the results, and how this relates to the noise standard, will help us make the best decision.
It is respirator fit-testing season. You have only a few days to test several hundred employees and their equipment. You are pulling essential personnel out of the field and inefficiencies in your testing process are expensive. And, if we’re honest, no one is all that happy about having to be there. But respirator testing is a mandatory investment of time and resources, essential to the safety of your employees. You want the maximum return on your investment, in terms of process efficiency, improved results and lower costs. After years of helping clients conduct thousands of respirator fit tests, two factors determine the success of fit-testing programs...
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Anyone performing a US Department of Transportation (DOT) mandated breath alcohol test must be trained as a Breath Alcohol Technician (BAT) and individuals performing non-DOT regulated testing are encouraged to do the same. The BAT candidate must understand and demonstrate proficiency in using the alcohol testing protocol detailed in 49 CFR Part 40 and the training must be in accordance with the DOT Model BAT course.
OHD is committed to the research and future development of Respiratory Protection. That is why we have recently partnered with the Marshall University and their Safety Department.
Every day at OHD we strive to protect those who protect us! We accomplish that by developing and offering industry-leading health and safety instruments that protect the world’s lungs, hearing, and vision. To succeed in this endeavor, OHD developed a national and international distributor network that helps us identify those who need our support. These distributor partnerships play a significant role in OHD’s success and as the company’s Eastern Regional Sales Manager I experience the positive impact of these relationships on a daily basis.