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Aug. 17 CONN-OSHA Breakfast Roundtable Discusses Noise and Hearing Protection
Session will take place in Connecticut Department of Labor’s Central Office

For immediate release
August 6, 2010

WETHERSFIELD, Its impact can be quite damaging and long lasting. Whether it’s working with construction equipment out-of-doors or machinery on a factory floor, the loud noises that are produced pose a common critical workplace safety hazard. Hearing loss, as attendees at an Aug. 17 Breakfast Roundtable Discussion meeting will learn, is permanent and irreversible.  By taking proper precautions, however, it is 100 percent preventable.   

The Connecticut Labor Department’s CONN-OSHA event, which will take place in the agency’s Wethersfield Central Office, located at 200 Folly Brook Boulevard from 8:15. to 9:45 a.m.  It will be facilitated by Chris Caron of American Safety and Supply Inc. of Springfield, and John Able, CONN-OSHA Safety Training Specialist, who coordinates the breakfast series.  

By understanding noise, sound and various methods of engineering controls, as well as the different types of hearing protection available, workers can be protected from noise damage to the greatest extent possible, Able points out. 

“Noise-induced hearing loss usually develops over a long period of time,” he explains. “What occurs is a progressive loss of communication, socialization, and responsiveness to the environment. Removing hazardous noise from the workplace environment whenever possible should be done first; followed by controlling the remaining noise; and finally by using hearing protectors. Our goal with this month’s program is to have participants return to their workplace with a greater understanding of the dynamics of sound and how easily their co-worker’s exposure to noise can be reduced.” 

Admission to the roundtable is free, but pre-registration is required. To register for the event, or for additional information, please send an email to Able at

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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