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Hearing Protection For CPI Workers

By Brad Witt, Bacou-Dalloz |

    Occupational dangers in the chemical process industries (CPI) are many, with falls, respiratory hazards, and explosion risks confronted daily. One hazard, however, causes no pain nor visible scars. Its effects accumulate with each overexposure and can go unnoticed, often for decades. If statistics are any indication, it is the most common permanent and preventable occupational injury at the plant. This is by no means a silent hazard — in fact, this hazard is noise. What makes noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) one of the most insidious occupational hazards is that there are no outward signs of damage. Loud noise affects nerve cells deep inside the ear, and once those nerve cells are gone, they do not come back. NIHL is permanent. There is no pill, surgery, nor treatment to restore hearing that has been lost to noise exposure. Despite years of regulation, the problem of NIHL is growing. According to the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH; Washington, D.C.), approximately 30-million workers in the U.S. are exposed to hazardous noise on the job, and the hearing of an additional nine million is at risk from other agents, including ototoxic chemicals, such as solvents and heavy metals [1].…
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