October is National Protect Your Hearing Month! In workplaces where noise levels exceed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) action level of 85 A-weighted decibels (dBA) as a time-weighted average, employers must put a hearing conservation program in place. In addition to reducing noise levels and noise exposures, selecting appropriate hearing protection, audiometric testing, and recordkeeping, a hearing conservation program includes employee training.
OSHA’s occupational noise exposure rule, 29 CFR 1910.95, not only requires training, it also specifies what that training program must cover. If you have employees in a hearing conservation program, you’re required to provide this annually for as long as they remain in the program.
Reference: EHS Daily Advisor