Hearing Conservation, Hearing Protection & Noise Control

Hearing Conservation and Hearing Protection is achieved through preventative measures. To reduce occupational hearing loss, all employees, who work in potentially noisy areas, are provided hearing protection, training and annual hearing tests. OSHA hearing conservation standard is covered in 29 CFR 1910.95. Engineering controls are applied to reduce noise from equipment and operations.

After engineering controls are evaluated for effectiveness or feasibility, administrative controls should be considered to reduce noise exposure. Administrative controls include restricting exposure time or using personal protective equipment.

Personal Protective Equipment, such as ear plugs or muffs, may be used to reduce the amount of noise exposure. Each plug or muff has a noise reductions factor (NR) as evaluated by ANSI Standards (S3.19 - 1974 or Z24.22 - 1957). For example, if a work area has an ambient noise exposure of 96 dB(A), the hearing protectors should be rated 6 NR or better to be effective.

According to OSHA Regulations, each location with noise exposures of 85 to 89 dB(A) will provide hearing protectors for the Employee's optional use. Noise exposures at 90 dB(A) or above require the mandatory use of hearing protection. Further, OSHA requires that a variety of hearing protectors be available for Employees to choose (both a variety of plug and muff type hearing protectors).

Types of Hearing Protection

Hearing protection devices are the first line of defense against noise in environments where engineering controls have not reduced employee exposure to safe levels. Hearing protective devices can prevent significant hearing loss, but only if they are used properly. The most popular hearing protection devices are earplugs which are inserted into the ear canal to provide a seal against the canal walls. Earmuffs enclose the entire external ears inside rigid cups. The inside of the muff cup is lined with acoustic foam and the perimeter of the cup is fitted with a cushion that seals against the head around the ear by the force of the headband.

Use of Hearing Protectors

Management, Supervision and Employees shall properly wear the prescribed hearing protectors while working in or traveling through any section of a Location that is designated a High Noise Area. (excluding offices, break rooms, and rest facilities). The following rules will be enforced:
• Personal stereos, such as Walkmans, etc., will not be permitted in any operating area of company property.
• Hearing protectors, at least two types of plugs and one type of muffs, will be provided and maintained by Company
• Hearing protectors and replacements will be provided free of charge
• Hearing protectors will be properly worn at all times, except in offices, break rooms, rest facilities.

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 Hearing Conservation Safety Program   Download  MS-WORD
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 Hearing Conservation Program Development   Download  MS-WORD
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 Audiogram Safety Topic Fact Sheet   Download  MS-WORD
 Electrical Accident Accident Reports Hearing Conservation Safety Topic Fact Sheet   Download  MS-WORD
 Glossary Noise And Hearing Conservation Terms Safety Topic Fact Sheet   Download  MS-WORD
 Hearing Protection Nrr Safety Topic Fact Sheet   Download  MS-WORD
 Noise Level Safety Topic Fact Sheet   Download  MS-WORD
 Recordkeeping Hearingloss Std   Download  MS-WORD
 Technical Choosing The Correct Hearing Protection Safety Topic Fact Sheet   Download  MS-WORD

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 Hearing Conservation Audit Guide   Download  MS-WORD
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 Hearing Protection Supervisor Safety Checklist   Download  MS-WORD
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 Hearing Loss Prevention Program Form   Download  MS-WORD
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 Noise Control Inspection General Form   Download  MS-WORD

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 Hearing Hazards Not Just Noise Safety Article   Download  MS-WORD
 Hearing Loss Prevention Safety Article   Download  MS-WORD
 Hearing Protection Effective Use Safety Article   Download  MS-WORD
 Noise In The Workplace Safety Article   Download  MS-WORD
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 Hearing Training Handout Korean   Download  MS-WORD
 Hearing Training Handout Spanish   Download  MS-WORD
 Hearing Training Handout   Download  MS-WORD
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 Hearing Conservation Program Elements Management Safety Brief   Download  MS-WORD
 Management Hearing Conservation   Download  MS-WORD
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 Hearing Conservation Training Outline   Download  MS-WORD
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 Hearing Loss And Noise Pamphlet Spanish   Download  MS-WORD
 Hearing Loss And Noise Pamphlet   Download  MS-WORD
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 Hearing Conservation and Noise Exposure PowerPoint Spanish   Download  MS-PPT
 Hearing Conservation and Noise Exposure PowerPoint   Download  MS-PPT
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 Hearing Safety Quiz Answer Key   Download  MS-WORD
 Hearing Safety Quiz   Download  MS-WORD
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 Hearing Hazards Reminder   Download  MS-WORD
 Hearing P Hazards Reminder   Download  MS-WORD
 Hearing P Types Reminder   Download  MS-WORD
 Hearing Types Reminder   Download  MS-WORD
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 Hearing Protection Safety Session   Download  MS-WORD
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 2 Minute Safety Hearing   Download  MS-WORD
 2brief Hearing   Download  MS-WORD
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 PPE Hearing 2 Talk   Download  MS-WORD
 PPE Hearing Talk   Download  MS-WORD
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 Hearing Conservation Construction   Download  OnLine
 Hearing Conservation   Download  OnLine

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 Comic Archive Hearing Protection Conservation Safety Comic Strip   Download  MS-WORD

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