Construction Noise Control Partnership Minutes
COMMUNICATIONS WORK GROUP
August 22, 2001 2- 3:30 PM; LIUNA Board Room
Don Garvey- St. Paul Insurance Co
Chuck Hayden- NIOSH
Rob Lewandowski- NJLHSF
Chuck Bailey- WA State BCTC- CPWR Build It Smart Hearing Conservation Project
Kelly Kasper- WA State- CPWR Build It Smart Hearing Conservation Project
Chris Trahan and Mike McCann- CPWR
In Meeting Room:
Scott Schneider- LHSFNA
Andy Bonior- LHSFNA
David Roscow- LIUNA Public Affairs
Don Shipley- for International Safety Equipment Assoc
Brad Sant- ARTBA
Ron Edwards- LHSFNA
Ken Hoffner- LHSFNA
We began the meeting with a review of progress since last meeting:
- The Trade Article “Quieting You Construction Site was drafted and published in:
- ISEA Bulletin
- CIS web newsletter
- LHSF Partnership website
- National Hearing Conservation Association newsletter- Spectrum
- The article will also be coming out in:
- ARTBA magazine
- NAPA magazine
- Concrete Openings- Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association magazine
- Don Shipley (ISEA) will be forwarding us his list of 150 press contacts from construction/safety publications.
- Rob Lewandowski (NJH&SF) offered to try and place it in the NJ Contractor newsletter.
- Brad Sant (ARTBA) suggested contacting ACP Conners which publishes numerous regional contractor publications (Midwest Contractor, etc.).
Our Partnership Web site has recently been posted at: Construction Noise Control Partnership. It includes a overview of the Partnership, the Trade article, minutes from our meetings and web links to good web sites for noise control information.
We have talked with reps from NIDCD and NIOSH about the Wise Ears Coalition doing more on construction but don’t have any commitments yet.
- The Trade Article “Quieting You Construction Site was drafted and published in:
- Next steps
We discussed possible “hooks” for more news stories about our activitieso The OSHA Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) on hearing conservation for construction may be published in Winter 2001. We should know by October when the next regulatory calendar is published.
- The EU Noise Labeling Requirement goes into effect in Jan 2002 and will be a good opportunity to talk about noise control needs in the US.
- International Noise Awareness Day organized by the League for the Hard of Hearing in NYC always gets great press (Good Morning America, etc.). Next one is in April 2002. We have had some discussion this year and they included more on construction. We hope to do more next year.
- The CPWR/CSC Construction Conference will be in May 2002. We will be doing a noise workshop there and can work with CPWR or CSC to do some press releases around that.
- Hopefully the Best Practice Guide will be published by Fall 2002 and we can do a press event around that.
- Don Shipley suggested a demonstration press event to show off loud and quieter equipment. This may be easy to do in conjunction with the CPWR conference in May 2002. CIMA/EMI are contacting companies about exhibiting quiet equipment there.
- Don Shipley suggested a Noise sample showing loud and quiet equipment could be spam emailed to press people or posted on our website as well.
- We had a long discussion of how to get contractors interested and the economics of hearing loss in construction. In Washington State there is a real incentive for contractors since it is a State run system and selfinsured contractors can get charged for the entire cost of a case. In WA construction represents 6% of the workforce and 25% of the claims. Permanent partial disability claims can get paid up to $15- 20,000. In other parts of the country, there is much less incentive. St. Paul has had few hearing loss claims for construction and has paid out less than $12 million over several years.
- It was pointed out we need to target those who purchase equipment for companies as well as safety directors.
We discussed other materials or outreach efforts we could work on this year including:
- Development of a brochure describing the Partnership and our goals and activities
- Development of a Guide to buying/renting quiet. We may be able to use the European rules as a springboard or refer people to the noise labels
- Press releases- perhaps tied to the CPWR/CSC conference but this would require generation of some news. Don Shipley suggested that we do a survey/focus group like they did on PPE use which got a lot of press coverage.
- ENR did a great cover story before our conference in March 2000 and would probably be interested in a follow up story on the Partnership. Scott will be seeing ENR staff at their Construction Summit in DC in November (where he will be on a safety panel) and can discuss this with them then.
- Other trade press- Brad mentioned ACP Conners (see above)
- Success story fact sheets can be developed from the work on the Best Practice Guide and can be useful to place in trade magazines as OSHA does with Fatal Facts stories on fatalities.
- Tool box talks can/should be developed specifically on noise controls
- Safety Posters were discussed. We reviewed a list of possible safety poster ideas and added several to the list. Everyone liked the idea of creating more visual/graphic images for the campaign, especially tying it to the family (see attached list). These images could then be used in a variety of ways- Public Service Announcements, tear out sheets- as well as safety posters.
- Top Ten List story- Perhaps after the EU standard goes into effect we could do a Top Ten story of the 10 quietest (or noisiest) pieces of equipment. Or from our fieldwork, develop a top ten list of the ten worst noise problems in construction. The media (e.g., USA Today) seems to like these types of stories.
- The Best Practice Workgroup on Monday brainstormed on how to get people to submit examples of best practices. Possibilities include having a submission form on our Partnership web page and the elCOSH website, distributing forms at meetings and conferences, through trade association safety committees (ARTBA, etc.), and in newsletters (LHSFNA, etc.). A notice to submit should accompany any new versions of the Trade Article. We also discussed having a contest for people to submit best practices.
- We talked about the idea of getting a story on 60 Minutes or other National press. Perhaps timed to the start of the EU requirements.
- We discussed the possibility of a brochure for audiologists.
- Other- Chuck Bailey and Kelly Kasper from Build It Smart talked about some of their outreach including hardhat stickers that say “Hear Today, Hear Tomorrow,” stickers for tools and equipment to label them with their noise levels after they have been measured, and paycheck stuffer health alerts on various topics.
- We also discussed having some sort of quick response press group who could comment when construction noise makes news (like if a project gets stopped because of noise). Scott will discuss this with Tom Ogle of Montgomery County noise enforcement.
- NIDCD Grant Application
The National Institute for Deafness and Communication Disorders has solicited grant proposals for $600,000 in funds starting in July 2002 to do health communications around deafness (up to three grants will be funded). A letter of intent is due Sept 15th and a proposal Oct 10th. The group agreed we should apply for the money as a partnership. The money could be used for publication of the Best Practice Guide, cost of a graphic designer, Safety posters, Public service announcements. Scott will start working on a letter and proposal and ask people for support letters, etc.
We discussed the possibility of doing a research project to look at hearing before and after work. The information can be parlayed into a news story. WA State folks will look into this. They just bought 2 testing booths.
- Don Shipley- Will be getting LHSFNA his mailing list of 150 construction safety press contacts
- Brad Sant- Will be pitching this to his safety committee in Sept in Tucson and placing the Trade article in his journal this fall.
- Rob Lewandowski- Will try to place the article in the local NJ contractor newsletter
- Chuck Bailey and Kelly Kasper- Will get LHSFNA their stickers and offered to do focus groups with contractors and members
- Don Garvey- Offered to try and get the Trade article in his companies fax newsletter which goes out to over 1000 contractors.
SAFETY POSTERS ON CONSTRUCTION NOISE CONTROL
SSSSHHH! CONSTRUCTION WORKERS AT WORK (Picture of construction worker with finger to lips)
WE CAN HEAR BETTER ON OUR CONSTRUCTION SITE. IT’S NOT SO NOISY.
WE DON’T HAVE TO SHOUT ON OUR CONSTRUCTION SITE. IT’S NOT SO NOISY.
CONSTRUCTION NOISE CONTROL. WE CAN DO IT!
QUIETER IS SAFER. KEEP THE NOISE DOWN.
OUR SITE IS A GOOD NEIGHBOR. WE’RE NOT DISTURBING THE PEACE.
IS YOUR SITE DISTURBING THE PEACE? WE CAN KEEP THE NOISE DOWN (Cop with a ticket book)
LIKE TO LISTEN TO MUSIC? KEEP THE CONSTRUCTION NOISE DOWN.
“HUH” SHOULD NOT BE THE MOST COMMON WORD IN CONSTRUCTION
DEAFNESS IS A CONSTRUCTION PROBLEM. LET’S CONSTRUCT SOLUTIONS.
(Picture of Kid talking with construction worker) DADDY, DID YOU HEAR WHAT I JUST SAID? LOWER THE NOISE, PROTECT YOUR HEARING (or picture at piano recital)
HEARING LOSS IS PAINLESS, BUT IT WON’T BE LATER. KEEP THE NOISE DOWN.
SOMETHING IS DISAPEARING. IS IT YOUR HEARING? KEEP THE NOISE DOWN.
IF YOU CAN BUY A QUIETER VACUUM CLEANER, YOU CAN BUY QUIETER CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT. BUY/RENT QUIET NOW.
(Daughter in wedding gown) IF YOU WANT TO HEAR WEDDING BELLS AT YOUR DAUGHTER’S WEDDING, MAKE THE WORKPLACE QUIETER
RINGING IN THE EARS SOUNDS NICE, BUT NOT IF IT IS PERMANENT, MAKE THE WORKPLACE QUIETER
(family portrait) WE WANT YOU TO HEAR US WHEN YOU COME HOME FROM WORK, MAKE THE WORKPLACE QUIETER.
TURNING UP YOUR CAR RADIO AFTER WORK? GET YOUR HEARING CHECKED AND KEEP THE NOISE DOWN.