Noise Exposed Worker Program

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Central Oregon hearing conservation program


Am I required to provide a hearing conservation program?

Exposure to loud noise causes hearing loss. OSHA requires employers to protect workers from losing hearing on the job. Certain loud sound exposures are not allowed. If your noise levels exceed 85 decibels, OSHA requires that you provide a hearing conservation program. Central Oregon Audiology can help you to determine who in your organization must be enrolled, if anyone. The OSHA standards are provided below, but call us for guidance in determining your exposures.


Hours dBA
8 90
4 95
2 100
1 105
0.5 110
.25 115

No impact exposure over 140dB


What is a Hearing Conservation Program?

There are three parts:

  1. Identifying and reducing damaging noise levels as possible through engineering and ear protection.
  2. Testing hearing annually for exposed workers by a CAOHC certified technician.
  3. Tracking and monitoring results year over year and appropriately following up on OSHA regulation based on the employee’s test results. This portion must be conducted by a Certified Clinical Audiologist.

How can I do this?

  1. Have our mobile clinic come to your site
  2. –or–

  3. Send your employees to our certified clinics.

Either way, Central Oregon Audiology can manage the process from beginning to end so that you are protected and your employees are protected.

Benefits:

  1. No more worries about OSHA compliance.
  2. An inexpensive benefit for workers.
  3. Hassle free so you can focus on your business.
  4. Great hearing health for your workers resulting in fewer claims over time.

Our Industrial Hearing Conservation Services and Options

  • Employee hearing testing
  • Four employees every 15 minutes
  • Mobile or in clinic
  • Baseline testing
  • Annual testing
  • Baseline comparison and case review
  • Clear recommendations
  • Medical referral
  • Audiological follow-up
  • Reporting to employers with easy to follow recommendations
  • Employer access to audiologist by phone