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Summary of requirements
  • Employers must implement an effective hearing conservation program if employee noise exposure is equal to or greater than an eight-hour TWA of 85 decibels.
  • Employees must be trained on the hazards of excessive noise, be hearing tested when needed, and use hearing protectors if necessary.

Employers are required to:

  • Administer a continuing, effective hearing conservation program IF employee noise exposures equal or exceed an eight-hour time-weighted average sound level (TWA) of 85 decibels measured on the A scale (slow response); OR equivalently, a dose of 50 percent.
  • Institute a training program for all employees who are exposed to noise at or above an eight-hour time-weighted average of 85 decibels, AND ensure employee participation in such program.
  • Make copies of 1910.95 available to affected employees or their representatives and also post a copy in the workplace.
  • Use feasible administrative or engineering controls where needed.
  • Establish and maintain an audiometric testing program by making audiometric testing available to all employees whose exposures equal or exceed an eight-hour time-weighted average of 85 decibels.
  • Develop and implement a monitoring program if information indicates that any employee’s exposure may equal or exceed an eight-hour time-weighted average of 85 decibels.
  • Maintain an accurate record of all employee exposure measurements required.
  • Make hearing protectors available, at no cost, to all employees exposed to an eight-hour time-weighted average of 85 decibels or greater.
  • Evaluate hearing protector attenuation for the specific noise environments in which the protector will be used.