Honeywell has announced the release of its Howard Leight Hearing Conservation Toolbox application for the iPad that was developed in close cooperation with audiologists and safety professionals as an easily accessible point-of-use resource of interactive tools and educational materials for safety managers to use in support of workplace hearing safety programs.
Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is a major concern of safety managers, affecting approximately 22 million US workers and costing $242 million annually in workers’ compensation, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). According to Honeywell, the new app, “Hearing Conservation Starts Here,” features information on the risks of occupational noise, hearing conservation program best practices, and practical instruction on the testing, selection, fitting, and use of hearing protection.
The hearing conservation app gives safety managers access to hearing conservation program information and checklists on NIHL, ear anatomy, regulations, and choosing and fitting hearing protectors. It includes articles written by Honeywell audiologists based on their experience hosting “Howard Leight HearForever: Best Practices in Effective Hearing Conservation” seminars about preventing job-related hearing loss.
The app also includes educational videos on the auditory system, the personal effects of NIHL, the importance of fit testing, and more; a “Noise Thermometer” infographic that communicates the impact of exposure to both on- and off-the-job sources of noise by mapping the sound levels to a thermometer illustration; an interactive “Noise Wheel” explaining the factors, such as fit, protection, size, and comfort, to consider when choosing hearing protection products; hearing protector fit instructions, illustrations, tips, and videos demonstrating the proper wear and use of earplugs and earmuffs; maintenance and care information for earplugs and earmuffs to ensure the effectiveness of hearing protectors; details of Honeywell’s VeriPRO earplug fit-testing system which enables safety managers to easily create an accurate, real-world picture of their employees’ hearing protection, and a complete catalog of hearing protection products with attenuation ratings and a dealer locator with where-to-buy information.
The Honeywell Hearing Conservation Toolbox mobile app for iPad can be downloaded from iTunes. More information about the app and other industrial safety products from the company can be viewed on the Honeywell website.