700-11
HEARING CONSERVATION PROGRAM

Department: SAFETY

Effective Date:    11-1-1982

Supersedes:    

Prepared by:    G. Sloan

Approved by:    Barbara Shinpoch

1.0 PURPOSE:

To establish policy and procedures for an on-going comprehensive hearing conservation program.

2.0 ORGANIZATIONS AFFECTED:

All departments/divisions.

3.0 REFERENCES:

WAC 296-62-09015 to 09053.

4.0 POLICY:

4.1    Any employee whose work requires that he/she be exposed to an eight (8) hour time-weighted average sound level of 85 decibels or more is required to submit to annual audiometric tests and is required to wear hearing protectors while performing such work.

4.2    Within 180 days of an employee's first exposure to noise at or above 85 decibels, the employee is required to submit to an audiometric test in order to establish a valid baseline audiogram against which subsequent audiograms can be compared.

5.0 DEFINITIONS:

5.1    Time-weighted Average Sound Level;

That sound level which, if constant over an eight (8) hour exposure, would result in the same noise dose as if measured.

5.2    Audiometric Test:

A hearing test resulting in an audiogram which shows an individual's hearing threshold levels as a function of frequency.

6.0 PROCEDURE:

6.1    As employees who work in areas where noise levels reach or exceed 85 decibels are identified, the supervisor must contact the Safety Coordinator (Personnel) who will arrange for the employee(s) to have audiometric testing.

6.2    These employees will be scheduled for such tests for as long as their work requires them to be subjected to high noise levels.

6.3    The Safety Coordinator will maintain records on all such employees.

6.4    When it has been determined that employees are working in a high noise environment, they are required to wear hearing protectors. Employees who violate this state law are subject to disciplinary action.