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National Conference on Preventing Hearing Loss
In the Construction Trades (March, 2000)

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Conference Agenda and Presentations


The Problem

Construction workers are bombarded every day from noise from construction equipment, tools, traffic and construction activities. As a result, most construction workers suffer from significant hearing loss after 15-20 years at the trade.

Hearing loss has a dramatic impact on a worker’s quality of life and can produce safety problems for them. The OSHA hearing conservation amendment does not yet cover construction, so many contractors do not currently have comprehensive hearing conservation programs.

Hearing loss in construction is completely preventable through a combination of quieter equipment, comprehensive hearing conservation programs and good hearing protection training. This conference was designed to provide the tools to tackle this silent epidemic.

The Goal

The National Conference on Preventing Hearing Loss in the Construction Trades was the first step towards increasing awareness in the industry and creating partnerships towards attacking this serious problem.


Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Laborers’ Health & Safety Fund of North America (LHSFNA)


American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA)

New England Laborers’ Health & Safety Fund (NELHSF)

New York State Laborers’ Health & Safety Trust Fund (NYSLHSTF)

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