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March 1, 2007

Hearing Protection For CPI Workers

As statistics on rising rates of noise-induced hearing loss in the workplace show, a hearing-conservation program alone is not enough. Workers must understand the risks, have access to hearing protect

Brad Witt, Bacou-Dalloz

Growing evidence shows the CPI to be particularly vulnerable to hearing loss. Exposures to certain compounds (those containing lead, toluene, n-butyl alcohol and carbon monoxide), alone, have been linked to increased hearing loss. It is now known that these exposures also combine synergistically with noise to cause increased hearing loss. Individual susceptibilities appear quite varied, and the offending noise levels are difficult to generalize. Hearing professionals recommend increasing the frequency of audiometric testing for noise-exposed employees who are also exposed to significant levels of ototoxic solvents, heavy metals and other chemical compounds....

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