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PDFWAC 296-307-63825

Make sure third-party hearing loss prevention programs meet the following requirements.

Third-party hearing loss prevention programs are intended:
• For short-term employees hired or assigned to duties having noise exposures for less than one year
• For seasonal employees.
However, other employees may be included as long as you meet all requirements for hearing loss follow-ups and recordkeeping.
You must:
• Make sure that the third-party program is:
– Equivalent to an employer program as required by this part
– Uses audiometric testing to evaluate hearing loss.
• Make sure a licensed or certified audiologist, otolaryngologist, or other qualified physician administers the third-party program
• Make sure the third-party program has written procedures for:
– Communicating with participating employers of program requirements
– Follow-up procedures for detected hearing loss
– Annual review of participating employer programs.
• Make sure the following program elements are corrected by you or the third-party program when deficiencies are found:
– Noise exposures
– Hearing protection
– Employee training
– Noise controls.
• Obtain a review of your hearing loss prevention program at least once per year, conducted by the third-party program administrator or their representative, in order to:
– Identify any tasks needing a revised selection of hearing protection
– Provide an overall assessment of the employers' hearing loss prevention activities.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.010, 49.17.040, 49.17.050, 49.17.060. WSR 05-01-166, § 296-307-63825, filed 12/21/04, effective 4/2/05.]
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