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Why noise is so harmful to your health

Source: Protectear, October 11, 2016

Like most things in life that affect us if taken at the proper amounts for the proper time frame we will enjoy the benefits, but if taken at too high a level or for too long a time we can see negative effects or if taken a too low a level or for too short a time you may not see any benefits at all.

Sound is no different. Too soft and we cannot enjoy the pleasure of hearing it, too loud and it can produce damaging effects. At the right level sound can have a tremendously beneficial effect on us.

What we need to know then, is at what level noise can be harmful to your health and how that can negatively affect us. Let’s first look at noise levels that harm.

See full article here.

OSHA Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements


Recordkeeping Requirements
Many employers with more than 10 employees are required to keep a record of serious work-related injuries and illnesses. (Certain low-risk industries are exempted.) Minor injuries requiring first aid only do not need to be recorded.
 How does OSHA define a recordable injury or illness?

How does OSHA define a recordable injury or illness?
o Any work-related fatality.
o Any work-related injury or illness that results in loss of consciousness, days away from work, restricted work, or transfer to another job.
o Any work-related injury or illness requiring medical treatment beyond first aid.
o Any work-related diagnosed case of cancer, chronic irreversible diseases, fractured or cracked bones or teeth, and punctured eardrums.
o There are also special recording criteria for work-related cases involving: needlesticks and sharps injuries; medical removal; hearing loss; and tuberculosis.
 How does OSHA define first aid?

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Levitate with sound- Get the hoverboard


This Kickstarter project is the first in my series that will teach you the science needed to develop your own technologies in a particular field of interest.

This project focuses on SOUND and more importantly, ultrasonic levitation.  No, this isn’t some kind of free energy or anti-gravity gimmick.  This is real science that works and the videos prove it.

I have always been fascinated with sound and while experimenting with one of my previous Kickstarter projects, Soundlazer, I came across the amazing principle of ultrasonic levitation.   I was surprised to find out that there were no kits or completed circuit designs available on the internet so I decided to bring this project to the Kickstarter community.

See full article here.

Fighting Fire with Sound?


June 15, 2016
What’s New, Future Trends
By Daniel Meyers

Fire wears the dual hat of being both our friend and our enemy. Necessary for advanced life, and equally potent to end it, it’s the latter point that has led to finding better and better methods for extinguishing it. Water, chemicals, even blankets…fire suppressants have taken many forms. And now, the practice of fighting fire with sound is showing incredible promise as an effective, fire-fighting tool.

Watch here how students at George Mason University demonstrate a fire-suppressing sound device to extinguish flames.

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Workplace Integra Fall 2016 Conference Schedule


Below is our list of remaining conferences for 2016.  Hope to see you there!

Georgia Safety, Health & Environmental Conference
September 21-23, 2016 Macon, GA

2016 BISE / LEPC Conference
September 23, 2016 Greensboro, NC

NCAOHN Fall Conference
October 26-28 2016 Raleigh, NC

Western Carolina Health & Safety Conference
October 31 – November 2, 2016 Raleigh, NC

2016 SCSAOHN Fall Conference
November 10-11, 2016 Greenville, SC

Hearing Conservation Program-Yes -No?

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The first step toward solving any noise problem is to define it. To understand what requirements must be implemented according to OSHA’s noise standard [29 CFR 1910.95, it is necessary to determine exposure levels. The following sections provide information about evaluating noise exposure levels:

Indications of a Problem
Walkaround Survey
Workshift Sampling
Instruments Used to Conduct a Noise Survey (App III:A)

Follow the link to OSHA site:  How do I evaluate noise exposure

Workplace INTEGRA, can be a resource for your sampling needs:  Noise Surveys and Dosimetry Studies


9-year-old boy gets his hearing back after six years thanks to bone-conduction implant & iPhone app


From Apple News, a Flipboard magazine by 9to5Mac

Apple VP of environment, policy and social initiatives Lisa Jackson has  shared a story via ABC7 News about a nine-year-old boy whose hearing was restored thanks to a new type of bone-conduction hearing aid controlled by a companion iPhone app. Highlighting accessibility and inclusion, Jackson wrote that ‘technology can transform lives [and] 9-year old Joshua is a great example.’

Joshua Gomez started losing his hearing at the age of three, and a succession of surgeries over a five-year period all failed. Conventional hearing-aids couldn’t help with his particular condition, but the Children’s Hearing Center at Stanford finally found a solution.

Joshua was outfitted with the Cochlear Baha 5, a cutting edge device that has allowed Joshua to hear out of both ears clearly for the very first time. The device, made for the iPhone, gives him an opportunity to use Apple technology to better his life.

The key difference from a regular hearing-aid is that the Cochlear Baha 5 transmits sound to the inner ear via bone conduction, bypassing other parts of the ear that couldn’t tolerate a device.

See full article here.


WPI & UNC collaborate on CAOHC class offering- Still have openings!

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The NC Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center part of the University of Chapel Hill in North Carolina and Workplace Integra in Greensboro, NC have gotten together to offer a Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) class in VA.

The CAOHC class will be part of the UNC Summer Institute offering July 27-29, 2016 in Portsmouth, VA.  Attendees would sign up with the NC Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center here.

Workplace Integra will provide the Course Director and replicate the CAOHC course outline offered in Greensboro, NC and other locations.  The Initial students will attend the 2.5 day (20 hour) class having any Refresher students join the class for 8 hours on the second day, July 28.

For more information or to sign up see here.