The mission of the committee is:
To provide to health professionals, the industry, and the community a forum for disseminating and exchanging ideas and information about the effects of exposure to noise and vibration, the control thereof, and methods of hearing conservation.
Goals and Objectives
Goal: Assemble, evaluate, and disseminate to occupational and environmental health professionals information relevant to hearing conservation, noise, and vibration control.
Objective #1: Discuss and act upon noise, vibration, and hearing conservation issues.
- Designate specific members to track and report on identified issues.
- Respond to AIHA Board requests to address specific issues.
- Meet at the AIHce and at other times as appropriate.
- Prepare relevant information for publication, including periodic updates of the AIHA Noise Manual.
- Provide sources of information to AIHA members.
- Evaluate and comment on relevance and accuracy of AIHA noise publications.
- Consult with other AIHA technical committees on noise aspects of their work products.
Objective #2: Provide education and training on noise, vibration, and hearing conservation issues.
- Develop new PDCs and update or terminate existing PDCs as needed.
- Recommend additions and changes to continuing education courses.
- Sponsor or develop short courses and seminars.
- Solicit papers; organize sessions; and provide session arrangers, chairs, and monitors for the AIHce.
Goal: Actively participate in identifying and responding to noise, vibration, and hearing conservation issues.
Objective #3: Identify, evaluate, and comment on proposed legislation, regulations, standards, and guidelines affecting noise, vibration, and hearing conservation issues.
- Monitor and report on relevant activities by rule-making organizations.
- Participate in the development of standards and guidelines by organizations such as the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), NIOSH, EPA, and ACGIH.
- Recommend to the president candidates for appointment to ANSI and CAOHC.
- Develop and recommend position papers to the AIHA Board.
Outstanding Noise Lecture
- 2010: Rick Neitzel, "Improving Noise Exposure Estimates through the Use of Hybrid Assessment Techniques"
- 2009: Elliott Berger, “Issues in Measuring the Exposures from Recreational Earphone Systems”
Outstanding Student Poster - Noise
- 2010: Michael Humann, "Effects of Common Agricultural Activities on Measures of Hearing Loss"