Friday, January 28, 2011

OSHA Noise Standards – What Lies Ahead? CLE Webinar

Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (ET)

On Oct. 19, 2010, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a proposed reinterpretation of the Occupational Noise Exposure standards for general industry and construction. The proposed reinterpretation would have required employers to implement feasible engineering or administrative controls to reduce noise exposure to permissible levels unless the expense of such controls somehow would put an employer out of business. On Jan.19, OSHA announced that although “[h]earing loss caused by excessive noise levels remains a serious occupational health problem in the country,” it decided to “suspend work on this proposed modification while we study other approaches to abating workplace noise hazards.” During this 90-minute webinar, legal and industry experts will discuss the issues related to hearing loss in the workplace and whether current standards are sufficiently protective. The webinar is designed to help you:

■Know whether there is a hearing illness problem in the American workplace
■Understand how you can prevent hearing loss illnesses in the workplace
■Gain insight on the next steps OSHA may take in addressing hearing loss illnesses in the workplace

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