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Carolinas AIHA Spring 2015 PDC/Conference

March 18–20, 2015

Hilton Charlotte University Place
Charlotte, N.C.

PDC: Noise Control Engineering

This PDC has been presented annually at the American Industrial Hygiene Association Conference and Exhibition and has been the top ranked (#1) course 13 out of the past 15 years. Mr. Driscoll is a registered Professional Engineer and Board Certified Noise Control Engineer. He is also Past President of the National Hearing Conservation Association (NHCA), a Fellow Member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), past Chair of the AIHA Noise Committee, and recently completed a five-year term as a Council Member of the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation. Finally, he served as Co-Editor of the new AIHA Noise Manual, and was lead author for the chapters on Noise Control Engineering (Chapter 9) and Community Noise (Chapter 15).

The most effective way to prevent occupational noise-induced hearing loss is through effective implementation of engineering noise controls. With some advanced education and training, it is feasible for industrial hygienists with a basic knowledge of the fundamentals of noise to develop noise control solutions; establish noise control priorities; identify and select optimum products for retrofitting equipment; work effectively with design engineers to implement a pro-active approach to noise control; and predict the impact new equipment will on the existing noise levels.

Upon completion of this training course, the attendees should be able to understand and apply the course concepts to:

  • Quantify a noise environment as it affects worker hearing-loss risk, and identification of the noise generating mechanisms requiring noise control measures,

  • Proficiently use acoustical instrumentation, and process and analyze data,

  • Determine potential engineering noise controls for retrofit to existing equipment,

  • Work with the design contractor and suppliers to achieve the stated noise criteria or goals;

  • Deal with acoustical vendors for purchasing commercially available noise control products to retrofit existing equipment that produces excessive noise.


Wednesday, March 18

12:00 pm                         PDC Registration - University Foyer

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm         PDC: Noise Control Engineering
                                         Dennis P. Driscoll, P.E., Associates in Acoustics, Inc.


Thursday, March 19

8:00 am – 8:30 am         Continental Breakfast - University A&B

8:30 am – 12:00 pm       PDC: Noise Control Engineering (continued)
                                         Dennis P. Driscoll, P.E., Associates in Acoustics, Inc.

10:00 am                         Conference Registration - University Foyer

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm       Lunch - Glenwaters

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm         Welcome & Business Meeting
                                         Kevin Cosgrove - Schaeffler Group

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm         What Every EHS Professional Should Know about Crystalline Silica
                                         Lindsay Cook, CIH, CSP – EI Group

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm         Occupational Safety & Health in Sustainability

                                         Dr. Michael Behm, Ph.D., CSP, Associate Professor – East Carolina University

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm         Break - Glenwaters

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm         Student Presentation – Noise Exposure Assessment among Groundskeepers: A Pilot Study
                                         Adam Mannarino, East Carolina University

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm         Open Forum – Conference Improvement
                                         Rebecca Shultz, Carolinas AIHA VP

5:15 pm – 6:30 pm         Past President's Reception - Glenwaters


Friday, March 20

8:00 am – 8:30 am         Continental Breakfast - Glenwaters

8:30 am – 9:15 am         There's an App (and a Hack) for That
                                         Mark Rollins, CIH, CSP - The Isosceles Group, AIHA Fellow

9:15 am – 10:00 am       AIHA Update
                                         Aaron Trippler, AIHA Director of Government Affairs

10:00 am – 10:30 am     Break and Vendor Presentations - Glenwaters

10:30 am – 11:45 am     Industry Profile – Lockheed Martin
                                         Russ Kapperman, EHS Coordinator – Lockheed Martin

11:45 am – 12:00 pm     Closing Remarks
                                         Rebecca Shultz, CIH, CSP – Apex Environmental Management, Inc.

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