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This topic covers OSHA’s regulations for noise exposure and hearing protection, including hearing conservation programs and PPE requirements.

OSHA requires that exposure to hazardous noise be reduced or eliminated through engineering and administrative controls. If engineering controls are not feasible or sufficient, employers must provide personal protective equipment (PPE). When noise exposures equal or exceed an 8-hour time-weighted average of 85 dB, a hearing conservation program must be implemented. Hearing conservation programs require noise monitoring, audiometric testing and recordkeeping, baseline and annual audiograms, personal hearing protection, and training. OSHA considers work-related hearing loss to be a recordable injury.

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Training Tips "Can You Hear Me Now?!"  National
Directives 06/23/2008 - [PER 04-00-004] - Hearing Conservation Program 06/23/2008National
Directives 12/12/1981 - STP 2.21 - Occupational Noise Exposure; Hearing Conservation Amendment, 29 CFR 1910.95 07/16/2003National
Directives 12/19/1983 - CPL 2-2.35A - 29 CFR 1910.95(b)(1), Guidelines for Noise Enforcement; Appendix A 07/18/2003National
Questions & Answers 1910.95 Noise Exposure: Our 8 hour test shows our FT operator was exposed to 85.6 db. The employee's normal shift is 12 hrs, does this reduce the requirements to 82 db and send us in to a full hearing conservation program? 02/22/2008National
Violations 2009 Violation Summary for Noise  National
Violations 2011 Violation Summary for Noise - General Industry  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.95 Occupational noise exposure  National
Interpretations Acceptability of Task-Based Noise Exposure Assessment Modeling (T-BEAM). 02/01/2001National
Interpretations Administering the baseline audiogram either before or after an employee's first exposure. [1910.95; 1910.95(g)(5)(i)] 03/07/2007National
Interpretations Application of the Occupational Noise standard to employees who are deaf or have a diminished capacity to hear.[1910.95; 1910.95(b)(1); 1910.95(i)(2)] 08/03/2004National
Interpretations Audiometric baseline revisions in employee rehire situations.[1910.95] 02/08/2005National
Interpretations Baseline audiogram revision due to persistent STS or improved thresholds; revision must be made for each ear separately.[1910.95; 1910.95(g)(1); 1910.95(g)(5); 1910.95(g)(7); 1910.95(g)(9); 1910.95(g)(10); 1904; 1904.10] 10/28/2003National
Interpretations Clarification of 1910.95 and 1904 regarding physicians and audiologists roles in determining work-relatedness of worker hearing loss. 08/29/2007National
Interpretations Clarification on revising a baseline audiogram if a standard threshold shift occurs in only one ear. [1910.95; 1910.95(g)(9)] 02/10/2006National
Interpretations Differentiation between the 80 dBA threshold for hearing conservation and the 90 dBA PEL.[1910.95] 09/26/2001National
Questions & Answers Does OSHA have an opinion concerning the use of personal music devises such as CD players, radios, or iPods in the workplace? 06/18/2009National
Interpretations Ear muffs and ear plugs are not both required if one offers protection.[1910.95(i)(3)] 09/30/1983National
Interpretations Effective hearing conservation program elements for the Construction Industry. [1926.52] 08/04/1992National
Training Tips Employee Ear Education  National
Interpretations Employees with occasional exposure to noise levels in excess of 85 dBA TWA must be included in the company's hearing conservation program.[1910.95] 02/13/2004National
Interpretations Frequency of evaluating audiometric testing rooms to meet the specifications in Appendix D of the Occupational Noise standard.[1910.95(h)(4); 1910.95_AppD] 02/14/2005National
Guidance Documents Hearing Conservation  National
Policies Hearing Conservation (Word)  National
Plans Hearing Conservation Plan  National
Interpretations Hearing conservation standard questions. [1910.95] 05/09/1994National
Interpretations Hearing conservation: referrals, financial responsibility, and documentation. 06/02/1998National
Speaker's Notes Hearing Protection - Script View  National
Quizzes Hearing Protection (PDF)  National
Handouts Hearing Protection (PDF)  National
Handouts Hearing Protection (PDF)  National
Checklists Hearing Protection (PDF)  National
Handouts Hearing Protection (PDF)  National
Quizzes Hearing Protection (PDF)  National
Handouts Hearing Protection (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Quizzes Hearing Protection (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Trainer's Outlines Hearing Protection (PDF) [7-Minute Safety Trainer] (short outline)  National
Trainer's Outlines Hearing Protection (PDF) [Safety Audit Checklists]  National
Handouts Hearing Protection (Word)  National
Meetings Hearing Protection (Word)  National
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