Fit-Testing for Hearing Protection – New Legislation
Effective March 31, 2023, the Government of Alberta implemented the following changes to the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Code: employers are now required to ensure workers are properly fit-tested for the hearing protection they use and wear in the workplace.
Judy's Safety Co. is able to conduct fit-testing for hearing protection that meets the updated CSA Z94.2-14 (R2019) standard per Alberta Occupational Health & Safety, Hearing Protection Devices – Performance, Selection, Care and Use.
This change is intended to prevent noise-induced hearing loss, as the effectiveness of hearing protection is significantly reduced if does not fit correctly or is not inserted/worn correctly. This change also means that employers must ensure workers are fit-tested for their hearing protection devices (HPDs).
There are two methods for hearing protection fit testing:
Qualitative and Quantitative.
QUALITATIVE FIT TEST
This test involves the use of a pass or fail screening to decide if an employee’s hearing protection is working effectively. It relies on the person’s ability to detect a specific sound through hearing protection.
QUANTITATIVE FIT TEST
This test involves the use of specialized equipment to measure the actual amount of sound that is getting through a person’s hearing protection. It provides an accurate and objective measurement of the effectiveness of the hearing protection.
Judy's Safety Co. offers Hearing Fit-Testing that meets the updated CSA Z94.2-14 (R2019) standard as per Alberta Occupational Health & Safety, Hearing Protection Devices – Performance, Selection, Care, and Use. Our trained technicians conduct testing using the VeriPRO by Honeywell.