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Noise and Hearing Conservation

Examples of hearing protection devices

The Cornell University Hearing Conservation Program has been established to meet the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) General Industry Standard. The primary objective of the program is to minimize employee exposure to the hazards of high noise levels and prevent occupational related hearing loss.

The program includes provisions for conducting noise level surveys, employee exposure monitoring, employee training & education, audiometric testing & evaluation, proper fitting and use of hearing protective devices, and recordkeeping. Whenever possible, employee noise exposures will be controlled by implementing engineering, work practice, and administrative controls.

Hearing protection will be provided to employees and utilized when it has been determined that engineering, work practice, and administrative controls are not feasible or do not provide sufficient protection.

Written Program/Manuals

PDF file Hearing Conservation Written Program Requires Login

Training Resources

Guidelines

PDF file Recommended Ear Muffs Requires Login
PDF file Recommended Ear Plugs Requires Login

Toolbox Talk

PDF file Hearing Conservation Toolbox Talk Requires Login
PDF file Noise Reduction Rating Requires Login