Hearing Conservation Program

Summary

The purpose of this program is to improve the level of protection to employees and staff who use hearing protection to protect them from noise exposure.

Contacts

Haily Griffith, Occupational Health and Safety Manager

hailyg@uoregon.edu

541-346-2962

Process

This UO policy is established for all faculty and staff with the risk of occupational exposure to noise. This written document is available to any employee upon request.

Hearing protection will be used in situations where the employee is exposed to a Time Weighted Average (TWA) of 85 decibels for an 8-hour workday, and in some cases where an employee chooses to use hearing protection even when it is not required.

Additionally, this written program will assure that the university is in compliance with Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) rules CFR 29 1910.95 & OAR 437-003-0027 for employees’ hearing protection.

Details of this program can be explored here:

FileHearing Conservation Program Details

Trainings

Training will cover the fitting and wearing of hearing protectors, the purpose of the audiometric tests, and the effect of noise on hearing. Training material meeting the most current requirements is provided as part of this program; however, it is the department and supervisors’ responsibility to see that all employees involved receive this material. Specific codes on hearing protection can be reviewed in EHS or it will be provided to departments at their request.

Compliance

Additionally, this written program will assure that the university is in compliance with Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) rules CFR 29 1910.95 & OAR 437-003-0027 for employees’ hearing protection.