NOSHA News November 2015

Facts About Occupational Noise Exposure - Approximately 30 million people are exposed to hazardous levels of noise on the job. - Noise induced hearing loss is caused by damage to the hair cells found in the inner ear. Hair cells are small sensory cells that convert the sounds we hear into electrical signals sent to the brain. - Once damaged, our hair cells cannot grow back, causing permanent hearing loss. - Untreated hearing loss can affect your ability to understand speech and can negatively impact your social and emotional well-being—hearing impairment can decrease your quality of life. ƒ - Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the United States. - Harmful sounds are (1)

NOSHA News October 2015

Job Accommodations for Return to Work The goal of a return-to-work program, sometimes called a transitional duty program, is to make job changes or provide job accommodations that return individuals to work who are absent for workers' compensation or disability-related reasons. Return-to-work programs help reduce workers' compensation costs and increase productivity by returning employees to work earlier. As part of a broader disability management program, a return-to-work program, including the provision of light duty, should also address the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), and state workers' c

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