Last Update: 11/17/15

Chapter 296-817 WAC


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Noise definitions.
Hearing loss prevention program.
Conduct employee noise exposure monitoring.
Control employee noise exposures that equal or exceed 90 dBA TWA8.
Make sure employees use hearing protection when their noise exposure equals or exceeds 85 dBA TWA8.
Make sure exposed employees receive training about noise and hearing protection.
Make sure warning signs are posted for areas where noise levels equal or exceed 115 dBA.
Arrange for oversight of audiometric testing.
Identify and correct deficiencies in your hearing loss prevention program.
Document your hearing loss prevention activities.
Noise measurement and computation.
Make sure that noise-measuring equipment meets recognized standards.
Measure employee noise exposure.
Use these equations when estimating full-day noise exposure from sound level measurements.
Audiometric testing.
Provide audiometric testing at no cost to employees.
Establish a baseline audiogram for each exposed employee.
Conduct annual audiograms.
Review audiograms that indicate a standard threshold shift.
Keep the baseline audiogram without revision, unless annual audiograms indicate a persistent threshold shift or a significant improvement in hearing.
Make sure a record is kept of audiometric tests.
Make sure audiometric testing equipment meets these requirements.
Options to audiometric testing.
Conduct hearing protection audits at least quarterly.
Make sure staff conducting audits are properly trained.
Assess the hearing protection used by each employee during audits.
Document your hearing protection audits.
Make sure third-party hearing loss prevention programs meet the following requirements.
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