ACOEM Task Force Description:
The ACOEM liaison serves as a link between NHCA and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. (www.acoem.org). While there have not been many recent updates directly related to hearing conservation, two past position statements are of interest to NHCA members and others involved in hearing conservation.
The Role of the Professional Supervisor in the Audiometric Testing Component of Hearing Conservation Programs.
This statement reiterates the role as defined by OSHA and gives guidance on training availability through CAOHC.
Noise-induced Hearing Loss
This statement stresses the need for occupational medicine physicians to identify and act on early indicators of noise-induced hearing loss. The statement also helps define the characteristics of NIHL, the research priorities, and the evaluation of the effectiveness of a hearing conservation program.
There is also a notable public comment pertaining to hearing loss prevention:
Comments to OSHA on Recording Occupational Hearing Loss
This is the written testimony of the Coalition to Protect Worker's Hearing (which included ACOEM, NHCA, AIHA, CAOHC, AAOHN, AAA, ASLHA, and Self Help for Hard of Hearing People, Inc.) in response to OSHA requesting input during the rule-making process for "Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements; Final Rule". This document is very information and covers the appropriate criterion for recording cases of occuational hearing loss, variability of audiometric testing equipment, the appropriate benchmark against which to measure hearing loss, and subsequent hearing losses in a given employee.