Original Date: 03/17/1997
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Noise Exposure Management
Occupational noise exposure is managed directly by Polaroid’s Corporate Health, Safety and Environmental office. Readily-available exposure records date back to 1974, and audiograms are performed at Polaroid’s medical facility. In addition, Polaroid implemented a lower level standard (85 dBA) for better protection compared to OSHA requirements (90 dBA). In 1995, Polaroid adopted the 1994-1995 American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists’ change to the 3 dBA exchange rate.
Adoption of the new 3 dBA standard and resurvey of Polaroid facilities have allowed a greater number of employees and shop areas to fall under the Hearing Conservation program. Additionally, the 3 dBA exchange rate will oblige Polaroid to develop new engineer controls in these shop areas and provide more training and lesson plans to its safety personnel. Audiometric testing and hearing conservation training is being provided for several hundred additional workers. A higher level of engineering controls is being sought, and the Corporate industrial hygiene group has developed a standard lesson plan and training materials for conducting hearing conservation training. The Corporate industrial hygiene group also periodically conducts training on noise exposure assessment and hearing conservation for its division safety and health representatives.
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