Hearing Conservation programs are designed to protect its employees from the hazards of excessive noise exposure on the job. Each Department in accordance with the USC Safety Program Guide, Section C.4, must instituted a Hearing Conservation Program to ensure compliance with the OSHA standards regarding occupational noise exposure (29 CFR 1910. 95, 29 CFR 1926. 52). The general objectives of this policy are as follows:
To identify a population of noise "exposed" employees, i.e., those whose typical exposure to workplace noise equals or exceeds the action level as set by OSHA, or a level equivalent to a continuous 8-hour exposure to 85 dB(A). These employees are enrolled in the Hearing Conservation Program.
To identify and demarcate work areas in which the sound level is sufficiently high to contribute substantially to an exposure at the level described above
To reduce workplace exposure to noise through the use of hearing protection devices (ear plugs or ear muffs).
To assess annually the hearing acuity of " exposed" employees, in order to detect very early noise-induced hearing loss, so that the progressive loss can be halted
To ensure that all "exposed" employees are trained in the effects of excess noise on human hearing, and that each employee is informed on the correct use of hearing protection devices