About

Audience:

The Hearing Conservation (HC) Manager training is a beginning-level, half-day course. It emphasizes real-world application and has been developed for anyone responsible for creating, maintaining and/or improving an occupational hearing conservation program as encountered in occupational settings.

For this course, there is no prerequisite, licenses or membership required, just a desire to learn. Participants purchase the course from our secure website and are automatically sent an email with login instructions to access to the course.

This course is intended for a variety of audiences including:
 
THOSE NEW TO OCCUPATIONAL HEARING CONSERVATION MANAGEMENT The course content is ideal those that have recently been given occupational hearing conservation program related responsibilities but have little or no in-depth knowledge of the expectations. Attendees may be comprised of professionals in Human Resources (HR), Safety, Industrial Hygiene (IH), Nursing, Engineering or other fields.
 
THOSE EXPERIENCED IN OCCUPATIONAL HEARING CONSERVATION Course content has also been developed to address requirements of those already knowledgeable in occupational hearing conservation but who want to refresh/update their skills as well as learn the current standard of care, continuous improvement techniques and best practice expectations in the field.

Course Objectives:

The course lectures review current literature and practice guidelines. The course consists of seven recorded lectures, quizzes, and a course exam and can be taken on-demand, as time allows. Upon successfully passing the exam, a certificate of completion will be available to download and print.

This course provides:

  • key resources for starting a new hearing conservation program or improving an established one
  • directions in the seven elements of an effective hearing conservation program
  • guidance in regulatory compliance
  • management in best practices
  • education about minimum requirements for compliance versus best practices.
  • This course should guide attendees to other CAOHC resources that apply to their specific needs.

Scope of Practice:

This course is intended to prepare attendees to effectively manage a hearing conservation program utilizing seven elements of an effective hearing conservation program and to navigate regulatory compliance. The course provides essential information and resources related to creating, maintaining and/or improving an occupational hearing conservation program.

This course will not prepare attendees to conduct audiograms. To learn take a course that teaches you how to conduct audiograms, please click here to find a certification course as an Occupational Hearing Conservationist (OHC).  

This course will not prepare attendees to oversee hearing testing results. Per OSHA guidance, reviewing problem audiograms and determining whether there is a need for further evaluation must be conducted by a Professional Supervisor (PS). Click here to learn more or to certify as a Professional Supervisor (PS) of the Audiometric Monitoring Program.

COURSE INSTRUCTOR:

Materials are presented by Andrew Perkins, M.S., CIH, CSP, COHC
 
This course has been reviewed, refined and approved by a committee of subject matter experts in hearing conservation that work in a variety of disciplines. The course was specifically developed to address concerns in a range of professions and cover a broad spectrum of requirements.

COSTS:

Online training and exam, $350.00.
Training includes a certificate of completion after successfully passing the exam
 

TIMELINE:

This on-Demand course is available at any time but must be completed within 60 days of first logging into the CAOHC Learning Center.

Course Agenda:

The course consists of seven separate modules totaling over four hours of instruction which can be taken on-demand to fit your schedule. Once started the participant has 60-days to complete all the modules, quizzes and the exam. 

The course focuses on teaching essential content from CAOHC Hearing Conservation Manual. Teachings ensure that all elements of the OSHA hearing conservation standard 1910.95 are included and that Best Practice guidelines are provide. The intent is for attendees to be able to distinguish between these two practices and prevent confusion between compliance and best practice. 

Course materials are organized within the commonly used seven elements of hearing conservation and include the following:

1. Measure: This module focuses on how noise effects hearing, what noise exposure limits are, and when/how to measure noise. Discussion includes various equipment used to measure noise and noise measurement exchange rates.
 
2. Control: This module focuses on the critical need to control noise for better hearing outcomes and various low cost and advanced ways to control direct exposure to noise. Discussion includes best practices for reducing noise exposures.
 
3. Protect: This module focuses on how humans hear, the types of hearing losses that occur, understanding what level of protection various devices provide and the best ways to protect hearing.
 
4. Check: This module focuses on various segments of audiometric testing, what to look for in an audiogram, the definition of an OSHA standard threshold shift and how to identify a recordable hearing loss. Discussion includes best practices in recording results.
 
5. Train: This module focuses on the specific training someone should have before conducting audiometric testing, training requirements according to OSHA, training and motivating the word force, and best practices in training efforts.
 
6. Record: This module focuses on executing and documenting hearing conservation efforts, reviewing accepted standards and guidelines, and protecting stake holders through proper recording keeping. Discussion includes specific parameters of what needs to be documented and what can be done to make program efforts quicker and easier.

7. Evaluate: This module focuses on the critical step of evaluating hearing conservation efforts, we discuss best practices, give details on how to evaluate, discuss reasons to evaluate, discuss items to evaluate and we cover ideas on how to interpret evaluation outcomes. 

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