35th Annual Tennessee Safety and Health Congress

Come out and celebrate the 35th year of The Tennessee Safety & Health Congress at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN.  This year the Congress runs from July 22-July 25th.

Workplace Integra will be set up in booth number 206.  Stop by for a chance to win a gasoline gift card, take a look at Workplace Applications software or INTEGRAfit.  We can also discuss any specific needs you have in the area of hearing conservation, such as sound surveys or mobile audiometric testing


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Need a FREE Pass?

The Tennessee Safety & Health Congress provides FREE guest passes that exhibitors can give away. The FREE PASS is good for Tuesday July 24, 2012 from 8:45 AM till 3:30 PM for the Exhibit Area only. 

If you would like to go, please send us an e-mail: jkurzec@wpintegra.com.  Passes will be mailed on a first request basis. You may request as many passes as you need, however the number of passes sent will depend on availability. Please provide a mailing address, number of passes needed, phone number in the e-mail and please title the e-mail: TN FREE PASS REQUEST.  You do not need to be a current Workplace INTEGRA, Inc. client to receive these FREE PASSES. 

The TN Safety Congress home page is here.

The List of Exhibitors is here.

BHI Raises Awareness of Dangers of Noise Exposure During 4th of July


Source: www.betterhearing.org

In an effort to protect America’s hearing, this 4th of July the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is raising awareness of the dangers that fireworks and other loud summer activities pose to hearing health. We invite you to join us by promoting prevention in your own local communities.

To help with your outreach efforts, we have included a number of materials on both the dangers of noise exposure and how people can protect their hearing.
Please find below materials that you can use to help make this 4th of July and summer season both fun and hearing-safe for people in your local community.

• Local customizable press release to promote your practice
• A newsletter article for your use which can serve as an opinion editorial
• Information on hearing loss prevention

The more people understand the dangers and ramifications of hearing loss—and that there are measures they can take to preserve their hearing—the more willing they become to visit their local hearing health professional to care for their hearing.
Thank you in advance for helping to make this 4th of July and summer season both fun and hearing-safe.

Hearing Loss in the Workplace

BHI speaks out on importance of addressing hearing loss in the workplace
June 18, 2012
As more people experience age-related hearing loss at younger ages—and as more workers put off retirement and stay in the workforce longer—it is incumbent upon America’s employers to recognize the financial and human-resource value of addressing hearing loss in the workplace.

This week the Better Hearing Institute spoke out in McClatchy Newspapers on the dollars and sense of why employers need to make hearing health a workplace wellness priority. “The financial and human resource risks of leaving hearing loss unaddressed in the workplace have never been so high,” wrote Sergei Kochkin, PhD, BHI’s Executive Director.

We encourage you to read the full article and to share the link to encourage America’s business community to recognize “the benefits that hearing health and proper hearing health care bring to both the employee and to the company’s bottom line.”

Marvel Comics Creates Deaf Superhero So Little Boy Will Wear His Hearing Aid

Source: http://twitter.com/Gizmodo/status/205731412366733313
Marvel Comics has a new character with a unique inspiration—a little boy. Four-year-old comic book fan Anthony Smith was born without a right ear and only partial hearing in his left. He needs the help of a hearing aid. But one morning he woke up and told him mom he didn’t want to wear it anymore. Why? Because superheroes don’t wear hearing aids, he declared.

Perturbed, Smith’s mother emailed comics giant Marvel, inquiring about characters that might have share Anthony’s struggle. The next day, they presented him with a picture of a hero called Hawkeye, who also sports a hearing aid. And they went even further, inventing a brand-new hero based on Anthony named “Blue Ear,” the same moniker Anthony and his mom have always used for his hearing apparatus. They sent him a drawing, and he was so encouraged that he’s been keeping his hearing aid in ever since. Kind of makes you want to give the guys at Marvel a big ol’ hug. [Fox, Thanks @KoryFerbet!]

See full article here.

With a Ceramic Transducer, You’ll Hear Voices Inside Your Head

Molly Oswaks, Editor Gizmodo

Japanese electronics company Kyocera has developed an innovative new transducer to replace outmoded—and underperforming—speakers in a phone.

Whereas conventional phone speakers transmit sound waves to your ear drum via a multistep process of vibrations and wave travel, stopping at various aural checkpoints along the way—with the pressed to your ear, Kyocera’s ceramic transducer will transfer crystal clear sound directly through tissues in your skull, straight from the surface of the phone’s vibrating faceplate. With fewer speed bumps along the way, the voice on the other end of the phone will sound as if it’s coming from inside your very own head. Which would probably make an angry conference call a rather unsettling experience.

The first device using this ceramic technology is set to come out in Japan very shortly, with similarly equipped smart phones making their way to the U.S. very soon after. [GigaOm – Image via Nomad_Soul/Shutterstock]

Thanks to all the nurses! Next week May 6-12 is National Nurses Week 2012




Often described as an art and a science, nursing is a profession that embraces dedicated people with varied interests, strengths and passions because of the many opportunities the profession offers. As nurses, we work in emergency rooms, school based clinics, and homeless shelters, to name a few. We have many roles – from staff nurse to educator to nurse practitioner and nurse researcher – and serve all of them with passion for the profession and with a strong commitment to patient safety.

Click here for link.

2012 AAOHN Conference is in Nashville, TN



THE CONFERENCE IS NEXT WEEK!  Click here for conference brochure!

Make your plans now to attend the AAOHN National Conference at the Gaylord Opryland Resort located at 2800 Opryland Drive in Nashville, TN 37214, April 22–25, 2012. The Gaylord Opryland Resort is holding rooms for AAOHN Conference attendees. Call the hotel for reservations at 888-777-6779 or go to http://www.gaylordhotels.com/opryland-home.html online. Be sure to tell the reservations personnel that you are with the AAOHN Conference in order to receive the nominal rate of $189.00 for single/double. Rooms at this special rate are available until the room block is filled. Once the room block is filled, the special AAOHN rates cannot be guaranteed.

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet again with your AAOHN colleagues and enjoy the beautiful Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN.

Workplace INTEGRA, Inc. will again be an exhibitor at this conference make sure to stop by exhibit booth number 505 in Ryman Hall.


OSHA reminds employers to post injury/illness summaries


Source: www.OSHA.gov

Employers who are required to keep the OSHA Form 300 Injury and Illness log must post OSHA’s Form 300A from Feb. 1 to April 30, 2012 in a common area wherever notices to workers are usually posted. The summary must list the total numbers of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2011. All establishment summaries must be certified by a company executive.

Copies of the OSHA Forms 300, 300A and 301 are available for download on the OSHA Recordkeeping Web page. See OSHA’s Recordkeeping Handbook for more information on posting requirements for OSHA’s Form 300A.

If you have Workplace Applications software, you can easily generate this report by clicking on the report button. Please contact us at 888-974-0001 for more information or questions.

Safety and Pranks Don’t Mix

Resource: Safety XChange.org


Sunday is the first of April, April Fool’s Day. Its origins are uncertain, but this unofficial holiday is a time for pranks, jokes and hoaxes. Beware of what you see, read and hear on the radio, TV and, above all, the Internet on Sunday.

But if your interest is safety, you need to keep April Fool’s Day out of your workplace.

Pranks and practical jokes in the workplace undermine safety in all sorts of ways. Want some real life example of jokes gone bad?
• Consider the humorist who decides to nail his workmate’s boots to the floor. The victim nearly sprains his back pulling them free. And the boots now have holes in the soles, making them useless as safety footwear.
• Another prank, traditionally played on all new workers at a certain facility, involves pushing the victim under the showers. This particular time, though, the victim is taped into a chair. No-one realizes that the water pouring over him is hot until he begins screaming. The victim receives third-degree scalds.
• One man, startled by the old “joke” involving a spring-loaded cloth snake in a harmless-looking tin labeled “nuts,” jerks his head backward and slams it into a steel shelf, requiring eight stitches.
• Sometimes, the recipient of a “joke” becomes violent. Michael Keith Williams of Roanoke, VA, stabbed Jonathan Freel to death in the parking lot of a sports bar after the victim gives Williams’s friend a “wedgie.”
• A South Carolina student jumps a train with friends as a prank, but falls from the train and is run over.
• Sheridan “Danny” Dalqhuist’s Bradley University, IL, roommates set off fireworks in his dorm room, intending to send him running outside in his underwear. The room catches fire and Dalqhuist dies.
• A 12-year old Manchester boy pushes a 14-year-old into a local river as a birthday prank. The older boy can’t swim. He drowns.

Even if a prank goes off “harmlessly” as planned, there can be unpleasant results. The victim may feel resentful, which can poison the atmosphere at your workplace and make working together uncomfortably stressful. Or the victim may try to exact revenge, leading to a series of escalating pranks, which may eventually hurt someone.
So instead of encouraging or playing tired old gags on April Fool’s Day, why not spare a thought for safety and suggest your workers do the same? Because there are plenty of old jokes around, and not as many old workers as there ought to be.



Source: Constangy Brooks & Smith LLP

OSHA has recently added a new Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) imposing an additional obligation on employers to ensure that the health care professionals who review annual audiograms apply the correct definition when determining whether an employee’s hearing loss is work-related.

Section 1904.10(a) sets out the criteria for determining whether an employee’s hearing loss needs to be recorded. Under that regulation, if an employee’s annual audiogram shows that the employee’s hearing measured at 2000, 3000, and 4000 Hz has (1) deteriorated to at least 25 dB from audiometric zero and (2) incurred an
age-adjusted Standard Threshold Shift, the case is recordable if the hearing loss is determined to be work-related. The hearing loss regulation states in subsection 10(b)(5) that work relationship should be determined according to the rules set out in § 1904.5, which addresses the general concept of work relationship. Section 1904.10(b)(6) states, however, that an employer is not required to consider a case to be work-related if a health care professional determines that the hearing loss is not work-related. On its face, § 1904.10(b)(6) would seemingly take the determination of work relationship out of the hands of employers who can defer to the health care professional’s judgment. Under the present wording of the regulation, an employer presumably would not be cited for failure to record any hearing loss case determined not to be work-related by a health care professional, regardless of how the health care professional reached this medical conclusion.  Click here for rest of article.