Hearing Conservation Policy
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To establish for University of Florida employees the following procedures, requirements, organizational responsibilities, guidance, safety and health precautions governing tasks involving personal and/or occupational exposure to noise.
The hearing conservation program shall apply whenever employee noise exposures equal or exceed an 8-hour time-weighted (TWA) sound level of 85 decibels measured on the A scale (slow response) or, equivalently, a dose of fifty percent as measured by noise dosimeters.
By authority delegated from the University President, the Vice-President for Business Affairs is responsible for the safety of all University facilities. Under this authority, policies are developed to provide a safe teaching, research, service, housing and recreational environment.
It is the policy of the University of Florida to reduce noise exposure in the workplace to the extent that it is reasonably practicable. In those situations where it is not feasible to reduce noise exposure by suitable engineering means, during exposure evaluation periods, and during implementation of engineering controls, either administrative controls or personal hearing protectors shall be used to ensure the protection of employees.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has promulgated regulations limiting employee exposure to noise. These regulations have been adopted by the State of Florida. The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) have instituted more stringent guidelines which are adopted by UF.
When employee noise exposures equal or exceed an 8-hour time-weighted average (TWA) sound level of 85 dBA, feasible administrative or engineering controls shall be utilized. If such controls fail to reduce 8-hour TWA exposures to less than 85 dBA, personal protective equipment shall be provided and used to reduce the exposure levels. Protective equipment shall also be used to lower exposures to less than 85 dBA TWA until feasible administrative or engineering controls are implemented.
A hearing conservation program shall be implemented whenever employee noise exposures equal or exceed an 8-hour TWA sound level of 85 dBA.
Medical Monitoring Program
The Hearing Conservation Program’s medical monitoring requirement is part of the University of Florida’s Occupational Medicine Program. Please reference the UF Employee Preplacement Health Assessments: Polices and Procedures for the overall Program description.
Participation in the Hearing Conservation Program is based on UF employee job duties. When a department fills a designated position, the medical monitoring procedures are as follows.
- The department documents the “work in areas of excessive noise” in the position information
– in the PeopleSoft position information for positions with a number OR
– on the INOP form for individuals not on a position.
- After making a job offer,
– Departments in the Gainesville area contact
– the UF OCCMED Clinic for a preplacement health assessment and
– the Speech and Hearing Clinic for a baseline audiogram.
– Departments outside the Gainesville area contact
– a local provider for the preplacement health assessment and
– a local audiologist or the EH&S safety coordinator assigned to their area for the baseline audiogram.
- The Speech and Hearing Clinic establishes a baseline audiogram as part of the preplacement health assessment and provides a copy to the employee and to the UF OCCMED Clinic. (Note: The EH&S off-campus safety coordinator provides baseline and annual audiograms for participating employees outside the Gainesville area.)
- The UF OCCMED Clinic coordinates any required medical follow-up, keeps the audiogram on file in the individual’s medical record and records the evaluation status and due date in PeopleSoft.
- Environmental Health and Safety monitors for compliance.
- The department checks PeopleSoft for evaluation status and schedules annual audiograms.
- The employee keeps all scheduled evaluation appointments or notifies the department in advance of the appointment for any required variations.
- Current UF employees who are added to the Hearing Conservation Program
must have a baseline audiogram established
– by UF’s Speech and Hearing Clinic for those in the Gainesville area OR
– by a local audiologist or the assigned EH&S safety coordinator for those outside the Gainesville area
may be referred by the UF OCCMED Clinic for clinician evaluation/examination
based on medical questionnaire and/or baseline audiogram records.
The cost of testing and training is borne by the Employing Division. Hearing protection device costs are the responsibility of the department employing the worker.