Hearing loss prevention program in the military environment
Keywords:Acoustic noise, Health care, Medical problems, Military engineering, Project management, Hearing loss, Hearing protection, Noise exposure, Noise measurement
AbstractThe military personnel regularly face a wide range of noise-hazardous situations, many of which are seldom encountered in other work environments. This paper reviews the essential elements of a hearing loss prevention program proposed for the Canadian Armed Forces. The program has been designed to meet the noise measurement and hazard investigation procedures, limits on noise exposure, use of hearing protection and other regulatory measures contained in the Canadian Occupational Health and Safety (COHS) Regulations (Part VII: Levels of Sound), while addressing the particular nature of the military environment. The focus of the paper is on the scientific basis and issues that are not typically found in other occupational environments (variable work schedules, excessive impulse noise, exposure over sustained durations, communications devices, etc.).
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