Veteran Farmers: Reducing Noise Exposure & Protecting Your Health
Ag producers experience frequent exposure to high noise and have among the highest prevalence rates of hearing loss among all categories of workers. Additionally, noise exposure impacts multiple organ systems, contributing to cardiovascular disease, hypertension, obesity, and other highly prevalent diseases. Although the effects of noise can be mitigated through use of hearing protection and other strategies, these methods are highly underused in this worker group. In this Webinar designed for agricultural producers who are military veterans, learners will learn how to identify hazardous noise sources, strategies to reduce exposure to hazardous noise; and select and use of strategies to protect themselves from the negative effects of noise on their hearing and general health.
Intended Audience: Military Veterans engaged in agricultural production
Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:
1. Identify harmful noise sources which have the potential to cause hearing damage and other health effects;
2. Identify strategies to reduce exposure to hazardous noise;
3. Describe appropriate selection and use of personal protective equipment
Thank you to our generous program sponsor:
Marjorie McCullagh, PhD, RN, PHNA-BC, COHN-S, FAAOHN, FAAN
Professor and Occupational Health Nursing Program Director, University of Michigan School of Nursing
Marjorie McCullagh is Professor in the School of Nursing. She holds a PhD in nursing from the University of Michigan and has 20 years of clinical, teaching, and research experience in hearing conservation. Dr. McCullagh's career has focused on occupational health and safety, particularly as it relates to use of personal protection devices among farm operators and their families. Since 1985 she has had an active program of research in mitigating hazardous occupational exposures. She has conducted several randomized clinical trials, comparing the effectiveness of several approaches to influencing use of personal protective equipment. Dr. McCullagh is an associate professor and Director of the Occupational Health Nursing program at the University of Michigan School of Nursing.