Noise Effects, Measurement and Control


Noise Effects, Measurement and Control

September 27, 2023

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Workshop Description:
Noise exposure is a common workplace hazard and noise-induced hearing loss is one of the most common occupational diseases. In addition, occupational noise exposure has also been linked to cardiovascular disease and injuries. This one-day program, Noise Effects, Measurement and Control, provides information on how to measure noise exposure and develop controls in the occupational environment. Additionally, attendees will work in small groups and use equipment to measure noise and understand options for reducing workplace noise exposure. A variety of workplace examples will be included in the presentations and the application section of the program. The workshop will be conducted in Ann Arbor, MI.

At the end of this workshop attendees will be able to:
1. Understand relevant exposure limits for occupational noise
2. Describe the auditory and non-auditory impacts of occupational noise exposure
3. Use sound level meters and dosimeters to measure noise exposures
4. Identify appropriate noise exposure reduction measures using the hierarchy of

September 27, 2023

Nexus – Michigan Engineering
University of Michigan
2401 Plymouth Road, Suite A/B
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

On-site free parking is available at Nexus.

The Double Tree by Hilton Ann Arbor North
3600 Plymouth Rd,
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
(734) 769-9800

Registration Fee:
$600, early bird before August 15, 2023
$650, regular registration fee

Pre-registration is required and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The number of registrants is limited so all attendees will have the opportunity to use the noise measurement equipment during the workshop. The registration fee covers course materials and use of the equipment, continental breakfast, break refreshments and lunch on the day of the program. If you need assistance with registration, please call 734-763-2243 or contact staff via email at


  • Presentation notes (hard copy of presentation materials, worksheets, etc. in a spiral
  • Workshop attendees will have the opportunity to utilize several types of noise
    measurement equipment.

Course Instructors:
Professor Rick Neitzel, CIH, and Ms. Lauren Smith, OHC have more than 30 years of collective experience in quantifying and controlling occupational noise exposure. In addition, they are frequent speakers at local, national and international programs. Dr. Neitzel created a job-exposure matrix for occupational noise exposures in the U.S. and Canada ( Dr. Neitzel is also the principal investigator of the Apple Hearing Study, a nationwide study of sound exposures and their impacts on hearing health (, and Ms. Smith is the study manager.

People who will benefit from attending this workshop:
Industrial hygienists, safety professionals, engineers, skilled trades, human resources professionals, technicians certified by the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC), occupational health nurses, workers compensation case managers, and hearing conservation program managers. Prior experience or knowledge of noise measurement and control is not necessary to attend this program.

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellation notification must be received no later than August 15, 2023 in order to qualify for a refund, less a $100 administrative fee. Substitute attendees are welcome. In the unlikely event that the program must be cancelled, the entire submitted registration fee will be refunded without further liability on the part of the organizers.

This course contains 7.5 contact hours.  Approval for 0.75 CEUs.

Attendee Comments:
“Rick Neitzel did an outstanding job, great instructor and kept class content enjoyable and entertaining.”

“Great course!! Way to keep an 8-hour training engaging and fun.”

“Great course- Awesome Presentation techniques, making a very difficult (and dry) subject matter somewhat interesting to learn!”

“Well organized, great information”

“Great class! Fun class :)”

“Very nice training!”


Rick Neitzel, PhD, CIH, FAIHA
Professor of Environmental Health Sciences
Professor of Global Public Health
Associate Director, Office of Global Public Health
Director, Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering
Director, Industrial Hygiene Program
University of Michigan, School of Public Health
Chair, ACGIH Threshold Limit Values for Physical Agents (TLV-PA) Committee

Lauren Smith, MS, MPH, OHC
Research Specialist
Certified Occupational Hearing Conservationist
University of Michigan, School of Public Health
Environmental Health Sciences

Program Organizers:
1. Rick Neitzel, PhD, CIH
2. Lauren Smith, MS, MPH, OHC
3. Sheryl Ulin, PhD, CPE
Continuing Education and Outreach Director
University of Michigan, College of Engineering
Center for Occupational Health & Safety Engineering University of Michigan

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