Who is the Professional Supervisor of the Audiometric Monitoring Program©?
To assist audiologists, otolaryngologists, and other physicians (MD, DO) in meeting OSHA regulations, CAOHC created coursework which can lead to the designation known as the Professional Supervisor of the Audiometric Monitoring Program© (PS). The PS plays a critical role in ensuring the effectiveness of a hearing conservation program. The PS works in conjunction with other professionals, including nurses, occupational hearing conservationists (OHCs), industrial hygienists, safety professionals, employers, employees, and their representatives. He or she is responsible for reviewing problem audiograms and determining whether there is a need for further evaluation.
CAOHC has designed a one day training program to prepare audiologists, otolaryngologists, or other physicians to become certified Professional Supervisors of the Audiometric Monitoring Program©. Federal record keeping and reporting requirements for hearing conservation programs (HCPs) are increasing the need for audiologists and physicians to serve as Professional Supervisors of HCPs. These professionals, who supervise audiometric testing programs, should fully understand and employ best practices of hearing conservation. The OSHA Hearing Conservation Amendment 29 CFR 1910.95 states:
Para (g) (3) “A technician who performs audiometric tests must be responsible to an audiologist, otolaryngologist or physician.”
Para (g) (7) (iii) “The audiologist, otolaryngologist or physician shall review problem audiograms and shall determine whether there is a need for further evaluation.”
Participants should have an understanding of government regulations and components of the hearing conservation program along with interest and/or experience in making determinations of work-relatedness for noise induced hearing loss.
Note that other hearing conservation-related professionals are also invited to participate in this course; however, they are not eligible to take the certification exam.