For purposes of the hearing conservation program employee noise exposures shall

For purposes of the hearing conservation program

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For purposes of the hearing conservation program, employee noise exposures shall be computed in accordance with appendix A and Table G-16a, and without regard to any attenuation provided by the use of personal protective equipment.” (OSHA, 2008). There are 5 main components to any effective hearing conservation program. These 5 components are: noise monitoring, noise controls, hearing protection, audiometric testing & evaluation and training and education (Roux, 2014). Monitoring is a critical element to any hearing conservation program. This component outlines how the noise will be monitored. This component will also outline the equipment used and how the data is collected. This component is outlined in 29 CFR 1910.195(d). Noise controls are defined as the factors that the employer can do to change the level of noise exposure to the employee. This can include changing the work schedules of the employees, isolating the employee from the noise or even buying quitter equipment that doesn’t put off as many decibels. Hearing protection is the PPE that will be required for the employee. In many cases, where exposure to noise cannot be eliminated, your workers will have to wear hearing protection. OSHA outlines requirements for hearing PPE in 29 CFR 1910.195 (i)(1). (OSHA, 2008).
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  • Spring '14
  • Bullock
  • Occupational safety and health, OSHA standard

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