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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