Created on Wednesday, 03 March 2010 10:06
Written by Kristie Harris
The Henderson County Red Cross is celebrating American Red Cross Month by offering free CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) classes to the community on Saturday, March 13. Red Cross chapters throughout the Western N.C. region are waiving the normal $35 class fee for on day only on “CPR Saturday.” “We know that CPR saves lives and this CPR Saturday gives us the opportunity to introduce those valuable life-saving skills to more people than ever,” said Mike Williams, Henderson County Chapter executive director. “ “Pardee Hospital is demonstrating their commitment to our community and to safety preparedness by sponsoring our CPR Saturday. Together, we’re committed to helping more people be prepared to save a life if necessary.” Classes will be held at a total of 15 locations throughout the region, including four sites in Hendersonville. Spanish classes will also be available. Interested persons should call (828) 693-5605 or their local Red Cross office for more information on times, location, types of classes and reservations. For more information, visit www.hcredcross.org. *Classes will be offered at Pardee Health Education Center located inside Blue Ridge Mall at 1800 Four Seasons Blvd., Hendersonville.
Created on Tuesday, 02 March 2010 14:48
Written by Kristie Harris
[caption id="attachment_311" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Susan Lawrence performs an audiogram at Pardee Urgent Care"]
Susan Lawrence, R.N., COHC, occupational health nurse at Pardee Urgent Care
, recently became a certified occupational hearing conservationist (COHC). The certification process involves a series of application steps and verification, completion of a Council of Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation
(CAOHC) approved course, followed by rigorous training. This credentialing is prudent to demonstrate competency in OSHA requirements. The credential establishes a high level of training and practice.
CAOHC is an organization dedicated to the establishment and maintenance of training standards for those who safeguard hearing in the workplace. CAOHC training is done by certified course directors, follows a specific time and content outline, and is pre-registered with the agency. The initial course requires 20 contact hours of lecture and practicum. CAOHC certification offers the occupational hearing conservationist (OHC) credibility and also serves as verification that the conservationist has been trained to the highest standards.
For the most part, an occupational hearing conservation program focuses on noise because it is the most prevalent agent that causes hearing loss in the workplace. More than 18 million workers are exposed to harmful levels of noise. Noise is the only agent that has regulations to prevent it from causing hearing loss. Learning about noise and its effect upon hearing are extremely important elements in occupational hearing conservation.
For more information about the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation visit them online at www.caohc.org
or call (414) 276-5338.