Princess fires starter pistol, Prime Minister suffers hearing loss


Charles Michel, Prime Minister of Belgium, is being treated for an ear injury apparently caused by a starter pistol fired at a Brussels road race.

It was supposed to be one of those routine ceremonial appearances that politicians make all the time.

Show up at a 20K race, wave to the crowd and cheer as the runners bolt from a starting line and dash through the streets of Brussels.  But for Charles Michel, Prime Minister of Belgium, Sunday’s 20 kilometer de Bruxelles event has proven to be a little thorny. Michel says he has been suffering hearing loss since a starter pistol, signaling the beginning of the race, was fired near his left ear.

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Surprising cause of death in teen boating accident creates ‘Raven’s Rule’


Investigators originally assumed she’d drowned, but new details have emerged about the tragic death of a Columbus County teenager.

16-year-old Raven Little-White died in August after a boating accident on Lake Waccamaw. The medical examiner’s report lists “drowning” as the probable cause of death, but a toxicology report that came back later revealed Raven had actually succumbed to carbon monoxide poisoning.

The Accident

Raven was on the boat with nine other kids ranging in age from 11-17 on the evening of the accident. District Attorney Jon David said they were not drinking, but just out having fun when they made a fatal error to accommodate the number of people on the inboard ski boat.


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Workplace INTEGRA to attend AAOHN in New Orleans!


Workplace INTEGRA, Inc. will be attending the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Conference being held in New Orleans, LA on April 24-27, 2017-

The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70113.

Please stop by booth number 223 in the Exhibit Hall to review our featured products, Workplace Applications health & safety data management software and INTEGRAfit-quantitative fit testing for hearing protection.  Of course you can stop by to say hello and enter your name into our drawing for an Apple iPad mini!

Hope to see you in New Orleans!  Still time to sign up to attend!

Workplace INTEGRA- 2nd Quarter 2017 CAOHC & NIOSH Schedule!

See below for our course offerings for the second quarter of 2017 for Hearing Conservation and Pulmonary Function Technician Training:

CAOHC Occupational Hearing Conservation Certification

• April 5-7 (Greensboro, NC)

• April 5-7 (St. Louis, MO)

• April 19-21 (Ontario, CA)

• May 1-3 (Milwaukee, WI)

• May 9-11 (Jacksonville, FL)

• May 10-12 (Greensboro, NC)

• June 7-9 (Columbus, OH)

• June 7-9 (Greensboro, NC)

• June 14-16 (Little Rock, AR)

CAOHC Occupational Hearing Conservation Recertification

• April 6 (Greensboro, NC)

• April 6 (St. Louis, MO)

• April 20 (Ontario, CA)

• May 2 (Milwaukee, WI)

• May 10 (Jacksonville, FL)

• May 11 (Greensboro, NC)

• June 8 (Columbus, OH)

• June 8 (Greensboro, NC)

• June 15 (Little Rock, AR)

NIOSH Spirometry Initial Training

• May 2–3 (Greensboro, NC)

• July 18–19 (Greensboro, NC)

NIOSH Spirometry Refresher Training

• May 4 (Greensboro, NC)

• July 20 (Greensboro, NC)

Our full calendar schedule is here.



You thought this was going to reference Fit Testing for Respirators- NOPE.

This is about Fit Testing for Hearing Protection.

Workplace INTEGRA, Inc has designed a Fit Testing For Hearing Protection device called INTEGRAfit® .  INTEGRAfit® uses an Apple® iPad® or iPad® mini.  Download the Apple® App from the device, use the WPI supplied custom headset and you are ready to determine how effectively your employee has inserted his/her hearing protection.

You can use the “Compliance Mode”- bring the subject into a quiet room or a hearing booth and tell them, “don’t touch your hearing protection”, administer the 3-4 minute screening and the results will show you how effectively they inserted those plugs at the start of the shift.  Want to dedicate some training time to the proper fit?  Use the “Training Mode”, start with a baseline test (no plugs), then try plug 1, plug 2, plug 3, etc.  Find the proper plug and the proper fit.  INTEGRAfit can be used on all types of plugs including custom inserts.

When used with Workplace Applications (or HT Pro) audio software, (not required) you can run the Early Warning Shift report to generate your first group to test. How about a Random List, or simply perform a fit test on all employees.

The INTEGRAfit® methodology replicates a hearing test, whereas the subject responds to tones like an OSHA Hearing Test. The results use a stop light graph, Red = under protected, Yellow = overprotected, get them in the green = Good to Go!

You don’t need a hearing booth to administer an INTEGRAfit test, a quiet room will do.

Here is the web page about the INTEGRAfit® iPad®App with screen shots.

We also offer a combination INTEGRAfit® / Audiometer. Here.

INTEGRAfit®will screen at 500 Hz, 1,000 Hz and/or 2,000 Hz.  Access the on-line demonstration here or  contact us.

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How our diet affects our hearing health

Source: Robyn Lewis, Content Writer for UK Hearing Care

Many people worry over their diet for lots of reasons, reducing cholesterol, risk of type 2 diabetes and lowering blood pressure among them, but can the food you eat affect your hearing as well? There has recently been research into the relationship between our nutritional intake and our audio abilities that have had some startling results. In the International Journal of Audiology, Spankovich and Le Prell report “a significant relationship between dietary nutrient intake and susceptibility to acquired hearing loss is emerging”.

With this in mind, a few simple additions to your diet may help to fight the risk of acquired hearing loss. These minerals do not have attributes solely attached to auditory health and may even improve other aspects of your health alongside your ears.

Omega 3 & Vitamin D
Though your body makes Vitamin D naturally through exposure to sunlight, it may not always be enough if you live in less sunny areas or do not get exposed to it often. Vitamin D regulates the absorption of Calcium and facilitates a healthy functioning immune system. An increased and stronger immune system lowers the risk of infections and the damage they will do to your hearing. Omega 3 is also known as an essential fat that cannot be made within the body. According to The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, consumption of Omega 3 and food associated with it significantly reduce the risk of hearing loss. Omega 3 strengthens the blood vessels in our ear’s sensory systems, therefore improving the ear’s efficiency. Vitamin D is found in fatty fish (like salmon or tuna), certain mushrooms (such as Portobello) and egg yolks. Omega 3 is most prevalent in many of the same foods as Vitamin D but also in walnuts, flax seeds and chia seeds. This is easy to incorporate into your regular diet by increasing the amount of fish you eat per week (especially the oily fish previously mentioned) and making salads more exciting with seeds and nuts, or perhaps whizzing up a smoothie that includes chia seeds and fruit.

See full article here.

Workplace INTEGRA announces 1st quarter 2017 CAOHC and NIOSH class dates

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See below for our course offerings for the first quarter of 2017 for Hearing Conservation and Pulmonary Function Technician Training:

CAOHC Occupational Hearing Conservation Certification

January 4-6, 2017 (Toledo, OH)
January 11-13, 2017 (Greensboro, NC)
January 18-20, 2017 (San Diego, CA)
February 1-3, 2017 (Louisville, KY)
February 8-10, 2017 (Greenville, SC)*
March 1-3, 2017 (Indianapolis, IN)
March 8-10, 2017 (Greensboro, NC)
March 15-17, 2017 (Macon, GA)
March 15-17, 2017 (Bloom-Norm, IL)
March 29-31, 2017 (Sacramento, CA)

CAOHC Occupational Hearing Conservation Recertification

January 5, 2017 (Toledo, OH)
January 12, 2017 (Greensboro, NC)
January 19, 2017 (San Diego, CA)
February 2, 2017 (Louisville, KY)
February 9, 2017 (Greenville, SC)*
March 2, 2017 (Indianapolis, IN)
March 9, 2017 (Greensboro, NC)
March 16, 2017 (Macon, GA)
March 16, 2017 (Bloom-Norm, IL)
March 30, 2017 (Sacramento, CA)

*Greenville classes held at Greenville Technical College


NIOSH Spirometry Initial Training

January 17-18, 2017 (Greensboro, NC)
March 14-15, 2017 (Greensboro, NC)

NIOSH Spirometry Refresher Training

January 19, 2017 (Greensboro, NC)
March 16, 2017 (Greensboro, NC)

Our full calendar schedule is here.

OSHA Final Rule Changes for 2017

OSHA is changing their recordkeeping requirements for 2017.  The new rule, which takes effect Jan 1, 2017, requires certain companies to electronically submit their injury and illness data.  The data to be transmitted is the same information that is currently being logged.

The compliance schedule is detailed on the United States Department of Labor website.

Compliance schedule:
The new reporting requirements will be phased in over two years.
Establishments with 250 or more employees in industries covered by the recordkeeping regulation must submit information from their 2016 Form 300A by July 1, 2017. These same employers will be required to submit information from all 2017 forms (300A, 300, and 301) by July 1, 2018. Beginning in 2019 and every year thereafter, the information must be submitted by March 2.
Establishments with 20-249 employees in certain high-risk industries must submit information from their 2016 Form 300A by July 1, 2017, and their 2017 Form 300A by July 1, 2018. Beginning in 2019 and every year thereafter, the information must be submitted by March 2.

Workplace Integra is committed to making the required changes to our Workplace Applications software customers, so they can comply with this new rule.

OSHA will allow the following methods of transmitting this data:
• Manual entry of data into a webform
• CSV file upload
• Transmission of data through an API

The actual OSHA website will not go live until February 2017, so we will be unable to complete our software changes until then.   However, it appears that there are no changes in the forms themselves, so the last OSHA form revision (Rev 01/2004) will still be used in the software.

We will make the necessary software changes to allow for the upload of the 300A form through a CSV file or through the API as soon as we can obtain the documentation.   An update will be available to our Workplace Applications software users under their current maintenance agreement.

David Pinchot, President