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Affordable Onsite Hearing and Respiratory Testing

Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT)

Pulmonary Function Test (Spirometry): Spirometry is the most basic and most frequently performed test to measure lung function; the ability to move air into and out of the lungs. Using an instrument called a spirometer, the test is performed while the patient breathes in and out as quickly as possible into a measurement device. Specific measurements from the individual’s test are then compared to a standardized set of values, thus comparing the individual’s lung function against a norm.

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Spirometry in Occupational Medicine: Spirometry can be used in pre-placement and fit-for-duty examinations, in situations where: a) the physical demands of a job require a certain level of cardiopulmonary fitness; or b) the characteristics of respirator use can impose a significant burden on the cardiopulmonary systems. Though not required routinely under the OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard, spirometry may be used in the evaluation of respirator users in some situations.

Repeated spirometric evaluations can be used in medical surveillance programs when workplace exposures put workers at risk of developing occupationally related respiratory disorders. Surveillance is needed to detect the slowly developing or delayed losses of function that characterize many work-related respiratory disorders. Surveillance programs require that a baseline be established and that workers be retested periodically. These periodic spirometry tests may be mandated by OSHA regulations for employees exposed to asbestos, cadmium, coke oven emissions or cotton dust and for respirator-wearers exposed to benzene, formaldehyde or methylene chloride.

Onsite Hearing Testing

What OSHA Requires:

OSHA requires all employees to have an annual audiogram after obtaining the baseline audiogram, the employer shall obtain a new audiogram for each employee exposed at or above an 8-hour time-weighted average of 85 decibels.

Onsite testing is convenient and cost effective. Audiochecks uses mobile units equipped with today’s latest technology to conduct audiometric testing.

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We Offer Industrial Hearing Testing

There are a total of 4 booths located within each mobile unit; thus, allowing an average of 24 tests per hour. Each mobile unit was carefully designed to meet sound requirements needed to conduct hearing tests. Each industrial hearing booth has the ability to conduct testing in several different languages. Our mobile units are equipped with today’s latest industrial hearing testing equipment. We provide immediate employee notification letters with optional immediate retesting option if an employee has suffered a 10dB STS or potential Recordable shift.

Hearing Conservation Training Classes

Safety Practices for Hearing Conservation is a 10 minute safety course tailored to general industry and the employees that work in it. This course covers the basics of Hearing Conservation (29CFR 1910.95).

SUBJECT MATTER:

  • Hearing Conservation Program – (29 CFR 1910.95)
  • Control Methods
  • Effective Written Standard Operating Procedures
  • Hearing Protection Selection Criteria
  • Fit Requirements
  • HPD’s Use Requirements
  • Cleaning, Maintenance and Storage
  • Anatomy of the ear
  • How the Hearing program works

FAQ's

How often do employees need to have a hearing test?

All employees in the Hearing Conservation Program must be tested annually as required by CFR 29 Part 1910.95 and ANSI S3.1-1991. Retests for any invalid test or STS (Standard Threshold Shifts) must be conducted within 30 days.

What type of testing does Audiochecks conduct?

Air conduction, pure tone audiometric threshold tests will be conducted at 500hz, 1000hz, 2000hz, 3000hz, 4000hz, and 6000hz in each ear.

What type of testing equipment does Audiochecks utilize?

Audiocheck’s mobile units are equipped with today’s latest technology utilizing Tremetrics RA650 interface.

Who should be tested?

According to NIOSH, for maximum protection of the employees (and for that matter, the company), audiograms should be performed on the following five occasions:

1. Pre-employment.
2. Prior to initial assignment in a hearing hazardous work area.
3. Annually as long as the employee is assigned to a noisy job (a time-weighted average exposure level equal to or greater than 85 dBA).
4. At the time of reassignment out of a hearing hazardous job.
5. At the termination of employment.

*In addition, NIOSH suggests that employees who are not exposed be given periodic audiograms as part of the company’s health care program. The audiograms of these employees can be compared to those of the exposed employees whenever the overall effectiveness of the hearing loss prevention program is evaluated.

What are the qualifications of Audiochecks’s hearing technicians?

Testing completed by a CAOHC certified professional.

What is expected of our employees prior to testing?

Employees should not be exposed to loud noises for 14 hours at work or at home. The employer shall notify employees of the need to avoid high levels of non-occupational noise prior to testing. This can be accomplished by the use of hearing protection devices.

What should be expected the day of testing?

Our technician will arrive at least 30 minutes ahead of the scheduled start time to prepare and set up the unit for testing. Please determine ahead of time where we should park the mobile unit. We will require access to an electrical outlet. The technician will provide sign in sheets for the employees. It will help streamline the process if the employees have the form filled out prior to testing.

When should we expect to receive our final report?

Usually reports are finalized and delivered within a week of the final testing date. Data that is captured in the field will be sent to Audiocheck’s audiologist for review. Once the data has been reviewed and recommendations are logged, Audiochecks will print the final results in a designated hearing report. The report will include a list of employees tested, individual audiograms, a list of potential STS and Recordable shifts or potential medical condition, a list of employees retested, a summary to help identify a possible trend in a particular area and individual employee notification letters are included. You will be contacted by an Audiochecks client liaison to review the results, making sure all of your questions are answered.

Respiratory Fit Testing (A.P.R. Testing)

What OSHA Requires:

OSHA requires all employees that wear a respirator be fit tested in order to ensure that the respirator fits properly.

Onsite testing is the most convenient and cost effective way to meet the OSHA fit testing requirements. Audiochecks uses mobile units equipped with the latest technology to bring our fit testing process to your facility. We can also help you prepare and implement a Respiratory Protection Program in accordance with the OSHA requirements.

Respiratory Medical Clearance

What OHSA Requires:

OSHA requires the employer to provide a medical evaluation to determine the employee’s ability to use a respirator before the employee is fit tested or required to use the respirator in the workplace. If an employer chooses to implement the use of a respirator, OSHA requires that the employer has a written program in place.

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Audiochecks will request a copy of your company’s written program. The medical evaluation shall obtain the information requested by the questionnaire in Sections 1 and 2, Part A of Appendix C of OSHA regulation 29 CFR 1910.134. Audiochecks will provide the medical questionnaire to you to distribute to the participating employees. The employees will complete the questionnaires confidentially. The employee will be provided an envelope to seal the medical clearance form. This envelope will be returned to the company contact. The company contact will deliver all sealed envelopes to Audiochecks for review by our consulting physician. The employer will receive back from Audiocheck’s consulting physician a written recommendation concerning the employee’s ability to use a respirator.