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Welcome to the 2021 NHCA Virtual Conference Schedule, below you will find the schedule listed with 3 types of education sessions, Live Platform, Pre-recorded Platform and E-Poster Sessions. They will all be delivered a little differently so please take a little time to read the descriptions and understand how the conference will be laid out.

  • Live Platforms: NHCA is offering 7 live sessions with interactive Q&A and chat features over the two days of the live conference. If you are not able to watch these sessions live they will be recorded and playback will be available until March 19, 2021
  • ON DEMAND Pre-Recorded Platforms: There will be 28 pre-recorded sessions that will be released on the first day of the conference, these will be available to watch at your leisure and will be available until March 19, 2021. PLEASE NOTE: They are available longer than the 1-5 pm time on the schedule but we are not able to program them in like that!
  • ON DEMAND E-Poster Sessions: There will be 8 E-Poster sessions available to watch, each session is 15 minutes long and worth a quarter of a credit, in order to receive a full hour you will need to watch 4 poster sessions all the way through and complete and evaluation. These will be available as pre-recordings and will be available from the start of the conference until March 19, 2021
This means you have the opportunity for up to 19.0 CE credits at this years conference! (See ASHA AND AAA Brand Blocks below)

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Saturday, February 27 • 2:00pm - 2:30pm
ON DEMAND SESSION: Injuries, near misses, and noise exposures among miners

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Co-Presenters/Co-Authors:
Sandar Bregg, University of Michigan
Richard Neitzal, University of Michigan

This study aimed to identify predictors of injuries/near misses in the mining industry. Participants at 10 mining sites were monitored for 3 consecutive days in 2019. Dosimeters were used to assess Time-Weighted Average (TWA) noise exposures according to standards set by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Participants documented individual, organizational, and psychosocial exposure factors in a baseline survey, and documented injury/near miss history, job demand, and other factors via daily activity logs. Personal hearing protection attenuation and hearing threshold levels (HTL) were also measured. A total of 207 workers participated and 567 work shifts were monitored. Participants were exposed to an average MSHA TWA of 80.2 ±6.0 dBA and an average NIOSH TWA of 85.5 ±6 dBA. Over the past year, 44 participants (23%) reported a near miss and 67 (32%) reported an injury at work. Hearing loss and safety score were significantly associated with increased risk of near miss. Hearing protection use, Fatigue Severity Score, and previous serious work injury were associated with significantly elevated risk of injury. Based on these results interventions to reduce injuries associated with hearing loss and hearing protection use are warranted.

Learning Objectives:
As a result of this Continuing Education Activity, readers will be able to:
1) Assess noise exposures among miners
2) Describe association between noise exposure-related factors and near misses among miners
3) Describe association between noise exposure-related factors and injuries among miners

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith

Research Area Specialist, University of Michigan
Lauren Smith, MS, MPH, is Research Area Specialist Intermediate in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She manages the Exposure Research Laboratory at the University (https://umexposureresearch.org/) and coordinates... Read More →


Saturday February 27, 2021 2:00pm - 2:30pm CST
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