Hearing loss is a serious problem for workers in the construction industry, with three out of every four construction workers being overexposed to noise on a jobsite. In order to understand more about noise exposure and hearing loss prevention, CPWR used its Trainers and Researchers United Network (TRU-Net) to conduct multi-trade surveys of trainers and workers.
The results of the trainer and worker surveys identified a need for additional training materials and new strategies to improve retention of training materials. Based on these findings, CPWR’s r2p and training staff developed the Construction Noise and Hearing Loss Prevention Training Program. This comprehensive program consists of several modules and exercises that can be used on their own or as part of OSHA training programs, including a 1-hour elective module, a 30-minute elective module, and in-class and hands-on refresher exercises.