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    MVHRA Meeting - Presentation: "Now Hear This! Why is Safety Ignored?"

    Date: January 7, 2015, 11:30am – 1:00pm
    Great River Medical Center - Maple/Walnut Room (lower level of main hospital)
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    Now Hear This!

    Why is Safety Ignored?

    Presented by Eric Rusch,

    Territory Manager, Protect Ear USA     

    Being able to communicate in noise is a primal need. Eric Rusch will provide insight as to why employees fail to comply with hearing conservation programs and what HR professionals can do to best manage the situation. To illustrate his key points he will discuss the current law, best practices, and physical science. 

    Do managers and employees understand why only simply following the “law” will result in hearing loss? 

    Why does a well trained employee, even with good intentions, not wear hearing protection devices completely?

    During this presentation MVHRA members will learn:

    • The 85/3 strategy.
    • The draft CSA Z1007 - Management of Occupational Hearing Conservation Programs.
    • Hearing Protection Device Noise Reduction Ratings.
    • A summary of Personal Attenuation Rating Systems.
    • The means to communicate in noise while being protected.

    Speaker’s Background & Experience

    With a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Safety and as a Hearing Conservationist, Mr. Rusch has 20 years of Occupational Safety Management experience in manufacturing.  He has managed Safety Programs and Workers Compensation programs for Tecumseh Products Co. in engine production, Modine Manufacturing in heat exchanger manufacturing, and SSAB Inc. making plate and coil steel.

    As a consultant, Mr. Rusch has contracted with private and government contracts in industrial hygiene studies and program development, including Anthrax field sampling technician protocols.  His areas of specialty include developing and registering culture Leading Safety Management Systems such as OHSAS 18001 and OSHA VPP.   Mr. Rusch is also the Vice President for the Quad Cites American Society of Safety Engineers.

    As a Territory Manager for Protect Ear USA, who specializes in hearing conservation, Mr. Rusch has the fortune of working with hundreds of persons every month to personally protect them against noise induced hearing loss.