Assessing and Improving Occupational Hearing Loss Prevention Programs
Welcome to the Website for Hearing Conservation Program Effectiveness! Here you will find tools and ideas for improving your hearing conservation program and making it more effective.
This short assessment tool evaluates your program according to OSHA compliance, as well as Best Practices. This assessment can be used by itself, or in conjunction with a tool for surveying employees on their perceptions of, and experience with, the hearing conservation program.
Cost Calculator Tool:
In assessing a hearing conservation program, it is important for program managers to assess the costs as well as the process components of their program. What are the biggest program costs? What are the hidden costs of the program? How much is the facility actually spending in total on hearing conservation? Try the hearing conservation cost calculator to assess your program and explore these issues!
Great! You have chosen to perform an assessment of the quality and effectiveness of your hearing conservation program.
There are two options for assessing your hearing program:
- The standard assessment tool, which only rates management responses.
- The employee survey data plus the standard assessment tool, which allows for a greater understanding of what is really happening in your company.
Without survey data from your employees, this standard program assessment, you can answer some questions about different aspects of the program without data from your employees. The assessment tool will then give you a report about whether your program appears to be OSHA compliant, and also how your program rates according to expert opinion about certain "best practices" for hearing conservation.
This 34-question assessment tool takes roughly 20 minutes to complete. The tool does not save your information, so it is not possible to return later to complete the questions. Download the pdf here to view the questions before inputting your data. You will have the opportunity to print your score at the end of the assessment process.
Use the link below to start the assessment without the employee survey data.
Best and Preferred Assessment
Our research has found that while the information that management can supply about a program can be very helpful in identifying areas for improvement, the most important factor actually predicting worker hearing loss is likely to be the perceptions of workers about the program.
In this preferred way of assessing your program, you will be asked to conduct an anonymous survey to all your employees and to include their responses with your responses to the standard assessment tool (see column on left for information about the tool). You will receive a report about whether your program appears to be OSHA compliant, how your program rates according to expert opinion about certain "best practices" for hearing conservation, as well as receive a measurement of how much hearing loss you can expect in your employees in the next five years!
***For better results on your hearing program assessment, we recommend conducting the employee survey.
Once you have the employee data results, use the link below to start the assessment.
Is your program OSHA Compliant?
The Assessment of Hearing Conservation Program Effectiveness program is a joint project of the University of Washington, University of Michigan, and Yale University. This project was funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, grant NIOSH 5 RO1 OH010132