Hearing Loss Prevention (Noise) (Chapter 296-817, WAC)

Last Updated: 7/21/09

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Scope.

HEARING LOSS PREVENTION PROGRAM

296-817-200

Summary.

296-817-20005

Conduct employee noise exposure monitoring.

296-817-20010

Control employee noise exposures that equal or exceed 90 dBA TWA8.

296-817-20015

Make sure employees use hearing protection when their noise exposure equals or exceeds 85 dBA TWA8.

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Make sure exposed employees receive training about noise and hearing protection.

296-817-20025

Make sure warning signs are posted for areas where noise levels equal or exceed 115 dBA.

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Arrange for oversight of audiometric testing.

296-817-20035

Identify and correct deficiencies in your hearing loss prevention program.

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Document your hearing loss prevention activities.

NOISE MEASUREMENT AND COMPUTATION

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Summary.

296-817-30005

Make sure that noise-measuring equipment meets recognized standards.

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Measure employee noise exposure.

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Use these equations when estimating full-day noise exposure from sound level measurements.

AUDIOMETRIC TESTING

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Summary.

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Provide audiometric testing at no cost to employees.

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Establish a baseline audiogram for each exposed employee.

296-817-40015

Conduct annual audiograms.

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Review audiograms that indicate a standard threshold shift.

296-817-40025

Keep the baseline audiogram without revision, unless annual audiograms indicate a persistent threshold shift or a significant improvement in hearing.

296-817-40030

Make sure a record is kept of audiometric tests.

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Make sure audiometric testing equipment meets these requirements.

OPTIONS TO AUDIOMETRIC TESTING

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Summary.

296-817-50005

Conduct hearing protection audits at least quarterly.

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Make sure staff conducting audits are properly trained.

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Assess the hearing protection used by each employee during audits.

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Document your hearing protection audits.

THIRD-PARTY AUDIOMETRIC TESTS

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Make sure third-party hearing loss prevention programs meet the following requirements.

296-817-600

Noise definitions.

Helpful Tools:

Eliminating Noise (28 KB doc)
Hearing Protection Additional Information (31 KB pdf)
Noise Computation Examples (172 KB pdf)

 

 

 

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