Under an agreement with Reliable Mobile Hearing Testing, Actsafe has agreed to fund the testing of motion picture and performing arts workers.
This pamphlet includes a list of “At Risk” occupations as well as information on sound-exposure limits, sound levels, hearing protection and how to get free hearing testing.
For additional details, please contact Actsafe at 604.733.4682.
Listen While You Work: Hearing Conservation for the Arts
Got ears? If you do, then listen up. Your ears are much more than a convenient place to stick piercings. Think of your ears as workers — after all, they’re on the job collecting sound information and sending it to your brain, 24 hours a day. If you don’t treat them right, those little aural workers might just go on strike — permanently. So what can you do about it?
Reduce your exposure to sound. If you can’t avoid loud environments, use hearing protection.
Some people consider hearing protection an annoying hindrance. Earplugs and earmuffs are often considered unprofessional-looking or even unnecessary. But consider this: Sound-induced hearing loss is irreversible. That means permanent, possibly career-ending. The question of whether or not hearing protection looks unprofessional won’t matter much if you’re no longer able to work.
This manual will tell you a lot about the risks you face — on the job and off — and what you can do to conserve your hearing. Whether or not you like what you hear, this manual will help ensure that you will hear, and continue to hear in the years to come.
Sound Advice: Hearing Conservation Programs
Noise is a serious and widespread problem in many workplaces. Over time, if noise from machinery, processes, and equipment is too loud, it can cause permanent hearing loss in workers. But if employers, supervisors, workers, and the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) of B.C. work together to control noise exposure, occupational hearing loss can be prevented.
The most effective way to control noise exposure — and protect workers’ hearing — is to implement a hearing conservation program. Such a program is required whenever noise is above regulated limits.
This guide explains what is required of a hearing conservation program that benefits both workers and employers. An effective hearing conservation program can prevent noise-induced hearing loss. This guide does not replace the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation. It complements the Regulation and is a tool to help workplaces operate safely. Note that when you see the word must, it means that a particular requirement is enforced under WCB Regulation.
This guide provides general information on implementing a hearing conservation program. Be aware that some program requirements — such as measuring noise and noise control — need specialized technical knowledge, and have to be undertaken by qualified people.