It is the policy of Tulane University in conjunction with the Office of the Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) to provide employees with a safe and healthful work environment. The OSHA standard for Occupational Noise Exposure (29 CFR 1910.95) requires employers to provide employees with protection against the effects of noise exposure when sound levels exceed the Permissible Exposure Limit of 90 dBA as an 8-hour Time Weighted Average (TWA). Protective measures may be provided either through engineering or administrative controls. If these control measures fail to reduce the noise to within acceptable limits, personal protective equipment shall be provided and used. Participation in a Hearing Conservation Program is required when employee noise exposures equal or exceed the “action level” of 85 dBA as an 8-hour Time Weighted Average (TWA).
The goal of the Hearing Conservation Program is to protect employees from noise-induced hearing loss due to excessive and/or prolonged workplace exposure to hazardous noise (i.e., noise levels equal to or greater than 85 dBA). The program includes the following elements:
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