(9) Recommending job placement and job criteria, that is, wearing personal
e. Civilian Personnel Officer.
(1) Ensuring that OH is included on the in processing and out processing
checklists for new, transferring, or terminating personnel.
(2) Maintaining pertinent personnel records of civilian employees involved in
the hearing conservation program and for notifying job supervisors of annual audio-
(3) Ensuring that job descriptions (IAW AR 385-10) include, where
applicable, the requirement to wear hearing personal protective equipment (PPE)
f. Director of Engineering and Housing. The Director of Engineering and
Housing (DEH) engineer provides corrective actions designed to reduce or eliminate
sources of hazardous noise levels, that is, installing engineering controls such as
acoustical materials, when exposure to steady, loud, and so forth, noise exceeds the
time weighed criteria. In addition, facility engineers are responsible for providing treated
booths or rooms for audiometric testing, when the number of persons requiring such
testing warrants the expense involved. Usually, the purchase of prefabricated
audiometric booths is more economical than constructing a sound treated room and is
also more satisfactory for testing purposes.
Section II. THE ARMY HEARING CONSERVATION PROGRAM
The purpose of the Army hearing conservation program is to prevent hearing
losses caused by exposure to noise in the work environment. In addition to the reduced
job performance caused by hearing loss, this hearing damage costs the Army as much
as 0 million a year in the form of compensation paid to individuals. Army surgeons,
as well as civilian industrial physicians in the employ of the Army, must be familiar with
the nature of noise, the effects of noise on human hearing, and measures for preventing
hearing loss caused by noise. It is the responsibility of these medical officers not only to
be familiar with the subject, but also to identify noise hazards that may exist in the work
environment of the personnel for which they have health responsibility and to establish
hearing conservation programs when the need is indicated. Before an effective noise
abatement program can be implemented, the subject of sound must first be understood
and its problems recognized.