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Potomac AIHA: “Have you heard about the new edition of the noise manual?”

  • 15 Nov 2022
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Zoom

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Please join us for our November Technical Meeting!

Recently, AIHA released the sixth edition of the Noise Manual.  The new edition of the Noise Manual includes new chapters on impulse noise, ototoxicants, fit testing, and community exposure. In addition, all of the chapters have undergone significant updates to reflect the advancements in knowledge made since the fifth edition was published in 2000. This presentation will cover some of the information in the four new chapters and provide a refresher on some of the fundamental concepts critical to understanding noise exposure and handling noise data. 

Dr. Benjamin Roberts is a Supervising Risk Scientist at Benchmark Risk Group. Dr. Roberts completed a Ph.D. in Environmental Health Science and an MPH in industrial hygiene, and is also a CIH. His research is focused on the statistical analysis of occupational and environmental exposure data with an emphasis on using new technology and rigorous statistical methods to improve decision-making.

Dr. Roberts is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and is active in the Big Data and Sensors Technology Content Portfolio Advisory Group (CPAG) and is also the past-chair of the AIHA Noise Committee. He has authored or co-authored 19 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has presented at several conferences on the topics of big data, noise exposure, and statistical modeling.

Participants are welcome to stick around from 7 pm – 8pm for an optional open discussion on ideas for engaging with public health education / advocacy:

  1. Handing out free ear plugs (soft or flanged type) for use by future audiences that we educate (or when we see workers on a construction site w/o hearing protection using noise-generating equipment).
  2. Strategic Grades K - 12 outreach and various youth mentoring community groups. Use of the mannequin Jolene for show and tell hands-on education.
  3. Teaching how to use the direct read instruments (DRI) that help us measure and quantify noise exposures.
  4. Purpose and individual value of the annual audiogram and understanding printed results by a qualified audiologist or trained technician.
  5. Digital social media campaign like was conducted by AIHA for COVID-19 public health emergency.
  6. A new rule from the Food and Drug Administration could allow some American adults to buy hearing aids without costly doctor's visits as soon as October. What impact will that have on the IH/OEHS profession?

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