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Audiometric Testing & Hearing Conservation Program

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 3:24pm

Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing  Conservation's (CAOHC) Approved Courses DATE:  June 6-8, 2018   LOCATION: Courtyard Homewood, Birmingham, AL  COURSE OVERVIEW 

The objective of the program is to teach the participants to become an active part of an Occupational Hearing Conservation Program (HCP). Through extensive lectures, workshops and exercises and supervised practicum on related areas of a hearing conservation program, a basic understanding of a comprehensive HCP and audiometric testing is achieved. CAOHC certification/re-certification will be granted upon successful completion of the appropriate course requirements and the passing of the CAOHC standardized written examination."

 

Ample time will be allowed to use and evaluate different audiometers and to master basic testing techniques. 

 Comments:

"Having a marked hearing loss myself.  I feel by being in this training, I am/will be less embarrassed about my disorder.  I know that testing is not a measure of "me" and how I fit in but a measure of my own hearing "Test Scores." The course is excellent.  The instruction was clear.  The instructor and her assistants were great.  Thanks so much.(Awesome)!"

AGENDA

  DAY ONE   8:00 am - 8:15 am Sign-in and Introduction 8:15 am - 9:15 am Hearing Conservation in Noise 9:15 am - 10:15 am Anatomy, Physiology and Diseases of the Ear 10:15 am - 10:30 am BREAK 10:30 am - 11:30 am Hearing and the Physics of Sound 11:30 am - 12:30 pm Principles of Noise Analysis and Control 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm LUNCH 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm The Audiogram and Its Recordkeeping 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm The Audiometer and Its Maintenance 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Audiometric Technique 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Supervised Audiometric Testing/Otoscopic   DAY TWO 8:00 am - 9:00 am Audiogram Review, Referral and Employee Follow-Up 9:00 am - 9:15 am Break 9:15 am - 10:15 am Federal and State Regulations Relating to Noise 10:15 am - 10:45 Recordkeeping 10:45 am - 11:15 am The Audiometric Test Environment 11:15 am - 12:15 pm LUNCH 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Personal Hearing Protection Devices 1:15 pm - 1:45 The Role of the OHC 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm Employee Education and Motivation 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm Audiometric Technique 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm Supervised Audiometric Testing / Otoscopic / HPD Fitting  

 DAY THREE

  8:00 am - 9:30 am Review of the Hearing Conservation Program & Employee Motivation 9:30 am - 11:00 am Review of Audiometric Testing & Practicum 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Examination (Written and Practical)

Upon successful completion of the course you are eligible for certification as an Occupational Hearing Conservationist (OHC).

FACULTY   Georgia W. Rhodes, AuD, CCC-A, has over 28 years in the field of audiology and hearing conservation. She has directed an in-house hearing conservation program for a large corporation and served on an ANSI working committee to establish criteria to judge the effectiveness of hearing conservation programs. In addition to being a CAOHC approved course director, Georgia is a clinical audiologist and instructor at the Speech and Hearing Clinic, Auburn University at Montgomery. During the practicum sessions, Dr. Rhodes is assisted by experienced instructors.

Aaron Johnson, AuD, received his B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology and M.S. Degree in Audiology at the University of Montevallo and his Doctorate of Audiology at Salus University. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.  He is currently Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Alabama Academy of Audiology (ALAA) after serving as a Member at Large last year.  He holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech & Hearing Association and maintains licensure to practice audiology in Alabama and Tennessee.

There will be practicum instructors and audiometers for hands-on sessions to learn testing procedures. Participants may bring their own audiometers with them.

 

PROFESSIONAL POINTS / INFORMATION

The Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety is an approved provider of continuing education units for nurses by the Alabama Board of Nursing (Provider #ABNP0420, expires 1/03/2019) and has awarded 23.0 contact hours for full course participants and 9.0 contact for refresher course participants. The Deep South Center Health & Safety has awarded 2.3 CEUs for full course participants and 0.9 CEUs for refresher course participants.

ACCOMMODATION INFORMATION   For the convenience of our participants, a limited number of sleeping rooms, are available at the hotel where the course will be held. Courtyard Homewood, 500 Shades Creek Pkwy, Homewood, AL 35209. Participants should call the hotel directly at 205-879-0400 for reservations and mention that you are attending a UAB/Deep South Center course. Room Rates: $107.00/a night plus tax. REGISTRATION

Registration is limited for each class, so early registration is recommended. Registration fees in full are required along with a registration form. Phone registrations are accepted with credit card payment only. Tuition is $650/  with CAOHC Manual. Refreshers may attend the second day, $300/ or $325 with CAOHC manual. Registration fees must be received in advance. The registration fee, less 20%, is refundable if written notification is received 2 weeks prior to the program.

Please Note: Before registering for the Audiometric Testing Refresher course, be sure to verify your eligibility with CAOHC by calling 414.276.5338. The Deep South Center for OH&S is not responsible for applicant’s fees who take this course if ineligible for recertification     View/Print Registration Form.pdf 
(You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to access this file.)   Acceptable methods of payment: VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express   Please make check or money order to: University of Alabama at Birmingham 

Mail to: 
Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety 
UAB/ Ryals Public Health Building Office 520A
1720 2nd Avenue South 
Birmingham, AL 35294-0022
Questions or for more information, please contact dsc@uab.edu or call 205.934-7178 Event Categories: Continuing Education

OSHA Crystalline Silica Compliance Workshop w/optional Competent Person Certificate

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 4:01pm

​​​​​​JOIN US for this important 8-hour workshop Presented by two of the leading Silica compliance specialists in the country, Adele Abrams and Michael Peelish from the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams PC.  We have designed this workshop with specific content and deliverables to help you understand the silica rule and to identify, assess, and control crystalline silica dust. 

Program details:

WHEN: Wednesday June 14, 2018  

TIME: 8:30am-4pm with working lunch with OSHA Q & A

WHERE: The University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1665 University Blvd., Ryals Building, Rm. 407, Birmingham, AL  35294     

AGENDA: Click here to view/print agenda

Who should attend:

  • Large and small OSHA regulated facilities under construction or general industry and maritime
  • Large and Small Aggregate and concrete companies
  • Construction Aggregate Products (Concrete, S&G Quarry rock, etc.) and Construction safety mangers,
  • Safety consultants that work with OSHA and competent persons
  • Association Associate Supplier members: processing, crushing, equipment
  • Sub-contractors

  • In March 2016, OSHA published its long-awaited final rule establishing a stand-alone standard governing occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica in construction, general industry and maritime workplaces.  It was confirmed by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in December 2017.
  • Crystalline silica is found in many construction materials, including brick and mortar, concrete, slate, granite, engineered stone products, tile, asphalt materials, plastic composites, soil, wallboard joint compounds, paint, plaster, caulking and putty. It is also generated when silica-containing materials are milled, cut or crushed, or when building demolition occurs. 
  • OSHA’s new rule on crystalline silica requires construction employers to limit worker exposure to silica and take steps to protect workers. General Industry employers regulated under 29 CFR 1910.1053 must comply with all requirements of the standard by June 23, 2018. 
  • Silica training is primarily for employers regulated under the OSHA Silica Standard for General Industry, 29 CFR 1910.1053.  However, the workshop will meet the standards for competent person under the OSHA Silica Standard for Construction Industry, 29 CFR 1926.1153.  There will also be a segment on MSHA silica sampling in metal and non-metal mines.  The recommended training approach is to cover the materials in one 8-hour workshop.

Presented by Adele Abrams and Michael Peelish; Sr. Attorney with the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C.

Adele L. Abrams is an attorney and Certified Mine Safety Professional who is president of the Law Office of Adele L. Abrams P.C., a multi-attorney firm with offices in Beltsville, MD, Denver, CO, and Charleston, WV. The firm represents employers in OSHA and MSHA litigation nationwide. Adele and her firm colleagues also provide consultation, safety audits, industrial hygiene assistance, and training services to companies in a variety of industries. Adele is a member of the Maryland, DC and PA Bars; the U.S. District Courts of Maryland, DC, and TN; the U.S. Court of Appeals, DC Circuit 3rd Circuit, and 4th Circuit; and the United States Supreme Court. She is a graduate of the George Washington University’s National Law Center (JD degree), received a Graduate Certificate in Public Relations from American University, and earned her B.S. in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park. She serves on the adjunct faculty of the Catholic University of America, where she teaches on employment, labor and occupational safety law.

Michael Peelish holds a degree in engineering of mines and has over 26 years working in the mining industry with both metal/nonmetal and coal operations. He received his engineering of mines and law degree from W. Va. Univ. His experience includes litigated cases before the MSHA Review Commission and in state and federal courts. Throughout his career, he has worked with mine and OSHA facility operators to implement safety and health programs, to audit operations against their safety and health programs, to conduct property insurance inspections, and to seek improved ways of protecting employees’ safety and health.   Mr. Peelish has been involved in developing exposure control plans and programs to assist companies in complying with all aspects of the respirable crystalline silica final standard and will explain how to develop and implement an important written exposure control plan (WECP) in a productive and efficient manner.

In this 8 Hour workshop you’ll learn:

  • The most common tasks that generate high exposures to respirable crystalline.
  • Engineering controls, work practices, and respiratory protection that effectively protects workers at high-risk for respirable crystalline silica exposure under Table 1 or under alternate exposure assessment.
  • Who must measure silica exposures to verify levels are at or below the permissible exposure level (PEL) for workers—and under what circumstances a company is exempt from permissible exposure level or monitoring exposure requirements
  • Tips for evaluating whether to use the equipment/control options in Table 1 or alternative exposure control methods

Deliverables – “Silica Strategy Pack”:

  • Handout of presentation
  • Template for a Silica Exposure Control Program
  • Template for Written Employee Control Plan (WECP) – attendees will draft a sample WECP during the training class
  • Flowchart for conducting an Exposure Assessment
  • Silica Exposure Checklists
  • Vendor reference list for common tools and equipment engineering controls

Training Material Content to be Covered:

  • Content of the Rule
    • PEL and AL
    • Exposure Assessment
    • Sampling Methodology
    • Capturing and Use of Objective Data
    • Use of Engineering Controls and Work Practices
    • Housekeeping – Dos and Don’ts
    • When is a Written Exposure Control Plan needed?
    • Respiratory Protection
    • Employee Training
    • Regulated Areas
    • Medical Surveillance
    • Recordkeeping
  • The content of a Written Exposure Control Program (“WECP”)
  • How to conduct a silica risk assessment prior to monitoring to determine which tasks potentially expose employees to RCS
  • How to conduct an exposure assessment by monitoring identified tasks and how to assess the effectiveness of engineering controls and work practices
  • How to develop a Written Exposure Control Plan for specific tasks
  • Development of Checklist to ensure compliance with the Standard
  • Respiratory Protection Program overview – What is required under the Standard?
  • Use of sampling pumps – The Mechanics of Sampling and Chain of Custody

Competent Person Course:  A certificate for the construction attendees seeking this training will be issued.

  • What is a Competent Person under the OSHA Construction Standard for Respirable Crystalline Silica?

It is someone who has the knowledge to identify and the foresight to anticipate respirable crystalline silica hazards in the workplace. This is a high threshold of knowledge and understanding of the hazards associated with and the tasks that give rise to respirable crystalline silica.

This “Competent Person” course will:

  • address the universe of knowledge required to be a Competent Person.  
  • provide the resources for trainers to continuously deliver training to multiple persons and job sites.  
  • address the basic content of the silica standard;
  • Identify health hazards, how to implement Table 1, how to handle non-Table 1 tasks,
  • when and how to conduct exposure monitoring, preparation of a written exposure control plan,
  • what exposure and medical surveillance documentation must be maintained,
  • what to look for on a job site to ensure compliance with the silica rule, and how to manage the job site’s multiple contractors.          

Registration:          

Includes:  8-hour training including optional Competent person training w/ Certificate; Lunch, Breaks Refreshments and Complimentary Parking.

Go to www.uab.edu/dsc or call 205-934-7076 or email DSC@uab.edu.

Cost: $250.00. If  there are 3 or more attending from one company,attendees two and three will be $ 200.

Event Categories: Continuing Education

Spirometry Workshop: NIOSH Approved Course #105

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 8:34am

Date: December 3-4

Location: Courtyard Homewood, Birmingham, AL

COURSE OVERVIEW

The objective of the program is to develop individuals who can perform proper spirometry technique. Learning proper spirometry technique requires observation, demonstration and hands-on practice. The basics of respiratory anatomy and physiology, lung volume determinants of respiratory flow and how the environment affects the respiratory system are covered. Participants will be taught the proper techniques for obtaining valid spirometric values as defined by NIOSH including instrumentation and the basis for spirometric measurement, mechanics of data collection, reduction in accordance with the acceptability criteria and the use of predicted values.

Recently, the Center’s Spirometry Workshop was updated, evaluated, and approved by NIOSH in an effort to strengthen the utility and effectiveness of the NIOSH Spirometry Training Program.  Our program was noted as 'one of the best,' Spirometry courses in the country.  Course approval through 2021. 

Ample time will be allowed to practice spirometric techniques and to master spirometry testing.    

After successfully completing the examination, participants will be issued a certificate.   This does not imply that the individual is a NIOSH pulmonary function technician, but does mean that they have completed a NIOSH approved course   FACULTY INFORMATION Course Directors Lisa Montiel, MAEd, RRT Director, Cardiopulmonary Services UAB Medical West Bessemer, AL   Course Lecturer/ Lead Practicum   Jerry King, MAEd, RRT  Program Director University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL   Practicum Instructors   Susan Hutson, MAEd, RRT Emeritus University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL   Annette Shatara, RRT Alabama Regional Medical Servivces   Participants Speak Out 

"The personal attention was great. All personnel were very good and helped me understand… what I am about to do in my new job…."

".....the strength of the program is the information and training presented in such a way that there is no stress. The instructors were obviously well prepared and were very helpful”

PROFESSIONAL POINTS / INFORMATION   The Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety is an approved provider of continuing education units for nurses by the Alabama Board of Nursing (Provider #ABNP0420, expires 1/03/2019) and has awarded 18.0 contact hours for full course participants.  ACCOMMODATIONS / LOCATIONS

For the convenience of our participants, a limited number of sleeping rooms, are available at the hotel where the course will be held. Courtyard Homewood, 500 Shades Creek Pkwy, Homewood, AL 35209. Participants should call the hotel directly at 205-879-0400 for reservations and mention that you are attending a UAB/Deep South Center course. Room Rates: $ 108.00/a night plus tax.

REGISTRATION   Registration is limited for each class, so early registration is recommended. Registration fees in full are required along with a registration form. Phone registrations are accepted with credit card payment only.   Tuition is $475.00. Registration fees must be received in advance. The registration fee, less 20%, is refundable if written notification is received 2 weeks prior to the program.     Print Registration Form.pdf 
(You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to access this file.)   Acceptable methods of payment: VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express 

Please make check or money order to: University of Alabama at Birmingham 

Mail to: 
Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety 
UAB/ Ryals Public Health Building Office 520A
1720 2nd Avenue South 
Birmingham, AL 35294-0022   Questions or for more information, please contact dsc@uab.edu or call 205.934-7178. Event Categories: Continuing Education

Audiometric Testing & Hearing Conservation Program

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 8:31am

Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing  Conservation's (CAOHC) Approved Courses DATE:  March 14-16, 2018   LOCATION: Courtyard Homewood, Birmingham, AL  COURSE OVERVIEW 

The objective of the program is to teach the participants to become an active part of an Occupational Hearing Conservation Program (HCP). Through extensive lectures, workshops and exercises and supervised practicum on related areas of a hearing conservation program, a basic understanding of a comprehensive HCP and audiometric testing is achieved. CAOHC certification/re-certification will be granted upon successful completion of the appropriate course requirements and the passing of the CAOHC standardized written examination."

 

Ample time will be allowed to use and evaluate different audiometers and to master basic testing techniques. 

 Comments:

"Having a marked hearing loss myself.  I feel by being in this training, I am/will be less embarrassed about my disorder.  I know that testing is not a measure of "me" and how I fit in but a measure of my own hearing "Test Scores." The course is excellent.  The instruction was clear.  The instructor and her assistants were great.  Thanks so much.(Awesome)!"

AGENDA

  DAY ONE   8:00 am - 8:15 am Sign-in and Introduction 8:15 am - 9:15 am Hearing Conservation in Noise 9:15 am - 10:15 am Anatomy, Physiology and Diseases of the Ear 10:15 am - 10:30 am BREAK 10:30 am - 11:30 am Hearing and the Physics of Sound 11:30 am - 12:30 pm Principles of Noise Analysis and Control 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm LUNCH 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm The Audiogram and Its Recordkeeping 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm The Audiometer and Its Maintenance 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Audiometric Technique 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Supervised Audiometric Testing/Otoscopic   DAY TWO 8:00 am - 9:00 am Audiogram Review, Referral and Employee Follow-Up 9:00 am - 9:15 am Break 9:15 am - 10:15 am Federal and State Regulations Relating to Noise 10:15 am - 10:45 Recordkeeping 10:45 am - 11:15 am The Audiometric Test Environment 11:15 am - 12:15 pm LUNCH 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Personal Hearing Protection Devices 1:15 pm - 1:45 The Role of the OHC 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm Employee Education and Motivation 2:45 pm - 3:15 pm Audiometric Technique 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm Supervised Audiometric Testing / Otoscopic / HPD Fitting  

 DAY THREE

  8:00 am - 9:30 am Review of the Hearing Conservation Program & Employee Motivation 9:30 am - 11:00 am Review of Audiometric Testing & Practicum 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Examination (Written and Practical)

Upon successful completion of the course you are eligible for certification as an Occupational Hearing Conservationist (OHC).

FACULTY   Georgia W. Rhodes, AuD, CCC-A, has over 28 years in the field of audiology and hearing conservation. She has directed an in-house hearing conservation program for a large corporation and served on an ANSI working committee to establish criteria to judge the effectiveness of hearing conservation programs. In addition to being a CAOHC approved course director, Georgia is a clinical audiologist and instructor at the Speech and Hearing Clinic, Auburn University at Montgomery. During the practicum sessions, Dr. Rhodes is assisted by experienced instructors.

Aaron Johnson, AuD, received his B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology and M.S. Degree in Audiology at the University of Montevallo and his Doctorate of Audiology at Salus University. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.  He is currently Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Alabama Academy of Audiology (ALAA) after serving as a Member at Large last year.  He holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech & Hearing Association and maintains licensure to practice audiology in Alabama and Tennessee.

There will be practicum instructors and audiometers for hands-on sessions to learn testing procedures. Participants may bring their own audiometers with them.

 

PROFESSIONAL POINTS / INFORMATION

The Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety is an approved provider of continuing education units for nurses by the Alabama Board of Nursing (Provider #ABNP0420, expires 1/03/2019) and has awarded 23.0 contact hours for full course participants and 9.0 contact for refresher course participants. The Deep South Center Health & Safety has awarded 2.3 CEUs for full course participants and 0.9 CEUs for refresher course participants.

ACCOMMODATION INFORMATION   For the convenience of our participants, a limited number of sleeping rooms, are available at the hotel where the course will be held. Courtyard Homewood, 500 Shades Creek Pkwy, Homewood, AL 35209. Participants should call the hotel directly at 205-879-0400 for reservations and mention that you are attending a UAB/Deep South Center course. Room Rates: $107.00/a night plus tax. REGISTRATION

Registration is limited for each class, so early registration is recommended. Registration fees in full are required along with a registration form. Phone registrations are accepted with credit card payment only. Tuition is $650/  with CAOHC Manual. Refreshers may attend the second day, $300/ or $325 with CAOHC manual. Registration fees must be received in advance. The registration fee, less 20%, is refundable if written notification is received 2 weeks prior to the program.

Please Note: Before registering for the Audiometric Testing Refresher course, be sure to verify your eligibility with CAOHC by calling 414.276.5338. The Deep South Center for OH&S is not responsible for applicant’s fees who take this course if ineligible for recertification     View/Print Registration Form.pdf 
(You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to access this file.)   Acceptable methods of payment: VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express   Please make check or money order to: University of Alabama at Birmingham 

Mail to: 
Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety 
UAB/ Ryals Public Health Building Office 520A
1720 2nd Avenue South 
Birmingham, AL 35294-0022
Questions or for more information, please contact dsc@uab.edu or call 205.934-7178 Event Categories: Continuing Education

Save the Date - Southeastern Regional ERC Symposium

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 2:55pm

  Tuesday, April 3 -  Wednesday, April 4, 2018 Savannah, GA   Overview The Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety, Central Appalachian Regional, North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health, USF Sunshine are 4 of 18 Education and Research Centers funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  Our ERCs offers graduate and post graduate programs in occupational health nursing, industrial hygiene and occupational safety and ergonomics.  We provide strong programs of study for our students, which includes interdisciplinary and field work experiences. 

By attending our annual Symposium, you will have an opportunity to hear about new research with a broad range of practice implications.  The funding for our pilot projects is through the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), with projects selected for their innovative approach to a relevant safety and health issue in our re-gion.  NIOSH has taken the lead to support national occupational safety and health research and training programs to reduce work-related injuries and illnesses.  This is being accomplished through a diversified portfolio of high quality extramural research, education, and training in collaboration with global partners. 

Research Presentations:  In addition to hearing the results of researchers funded by the NIOSH Pilot Project Research Program, a committee of researchers and practitioners has selected outstanding abstracts from universities across the southeast. During the Symposium, recipients of the 2016 Pilot Project Research Grants will give presentations on their work and selected students from universities in the SE region will be invited to present research posters relevant to the occupational health and safety area.

Information
The 2018 Symposium will be held Tuesday, April 3- Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at DeSota Savannah, located at 15 East Liberty Street, Savannah, GA 31401. Hotel reservations can be made by calling 1-844-257-3520 or by visiting www.thedesotosavannah.com and entering the Group/Convention Code: RES.

Continuing Education As an AL Board of Nursing Approved Provider, the Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety awarded the Southeastern Regional ERCs Research Symposium 8.0 contact hours (expiration date 01/03/2019). Participants who complete the training will earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs), the national standard of recognition for nonacademic professional education. Attendance is eligible for ABIH CM points.

Registration must be received in advance. A confirmation letter with details will be sent once registration has been received.

REGISTER BY PHONE: 205-934-7178 EMAIL: dsc@uab.edu www.uab.edu/dsc

Event Categories: Continuing Education