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Written Hearing Conservation Program (HCP) Template

OSHA Occupational Noise Exposure Standard 29 CFR 1910.95

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Hearing Conservation Program

The University of Minnesota Duluth Hearing Conservation Programs (HCP) is designed to prevent noise-induced hearing loss resulting from job related exposures and to comply with all applicable rules and regulations mainly the Minnesota Employee Right to know Law, and the OSHA 29 CFR 1910.95

A written Hearing Conservation Program is required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) “..whenever employee noise exposures equal or exceed an 8-hour time-weighted average sound level (TWA) of 85 decibels measured on the A scale (slow response) (85dBA) or, equivalently, a dose of fifty percent.” 

This 8-hour time-weighted average is known as an exposure action level (AL).
the OSHA hearing conservation program requirements is codified in 29 CFR 1910.95

Program Requirements

Engineering Controls: 29 CFR 1910.95(b)(1) requires that “feasible administrative or engineering controls shall be utilized. If such controls fail to reduce sound levels…personal protective equipment shall be provided and used to reduce sound levels…”

Monitoring: 29 CFR 1910.95(d) requires that monitoring be conducted when “any employee’s exposure may equal or exceed an 8-hour time-weighted average of 85 decibels.

29 CFR 1910.95(g) requires an “audiometric testing program” for “all employees whose exposures equal or exceed an 8-hour time-weighted average of 85 decibels”.

Hearing Protectors:
29 CFR 1910.95(i) states that “employers shall make hearing protectors available to all employees exposed to an 8-hour time-weighted average of 85 decibels or greater at no cost to the employees”

29 CFR 1910.95(k) mandates an annual “training program” for “all employees who are exposed to noise at or above the action level (an 8-hour time-weighted average) of 85 decibels…” and mandates certain aspects of the training that must be included. This includes the effects of noise on hearing; purpose, advantages, disadvantages, and attenuation of different types of hearing protectors; purpose audiometric testing.

Record Keeping:
29 CFR 1910.95(m) states that employers “shall maintain an accurate record of all employee exposure measurements…”
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