Next General Meeting Topic: Hearing Protection
Most of us take hearing for granted. When we go home after work and when we get up in the morning, we expect to hear. Human hearing is amazingly sensitive. Our ears can distinguish 400,000 different sounds and can detect sounds so quiet they cause the eardrum to vibrate less than 1/80 millionth of an inch. However, that remarkable sensitivity does not have a lifetime guarantee. To maintain your hearing, you have to care for it. Noise is as much a part of our lives as the air we breathe. In this guide, noise means sound that interferes with one’s hearing. We are exposed to noise at work, at home, and at play. Yet, our ability to hear well offers few clues when we put it at risk. Noise-induced hearing loss is the term for hearing damaged by exposure to excessive noise. The damage to hearing caused by too much noise may not be apparent for years.
Lenny Reierson - Oregon OSHA
Lenny Reierson started working for Oregon OSHA 33 years ago, after ten years in the Logging Industry and having graduated from college with an American Literature degree. He started with Oregon OSHA as a Safety Compliance Officer, and has spent the last 28 years as a Safety Consultant. He consults with Southern Oregon employers in general industry, construction, logging, and has been involved in Oregon OSHA’s VPP and SHARP programs since the early 1990’s. He is a training instructor for Oregon OSHA’s Public Education Section, providing classes in a wide range of safety and health topics, and also provides safety presentations to safety conferences, associations, and employers