The goal of the Hearing Conservation Program is to protect workers hearing during exposures to loud noises. This is achieved by engineering controls, administrative controls, and use of hearing protection. The Hearing Conservation Program includes requirements for personal and area sound level monitoring, use of hearing protection, and medical surveillance.
If you have to raise your voice so your colleagues can hear you at close range you may be overexposed to noise. Contact EHS to perform personal and area noise monitoring and determine appropriate controls.
Questions about this topic can be directed here.
- Hearing Conservation - W190OS
- This EHS course is for employees that are exposed to noise at or above an 8-hour time-weighted average of 85 decibels, and is to be taken annually.
- Audience: Personnel enrolled in workplace hearing conservation programs.
- Noise Level Warning Signs
- University of Iowa School of Music: Musician's Health: Information for Students, Faculty, and Staff
- OSHA Occupational Noise Exposure Standard
- ISU Video: How To Insert Foam Ear Plugs
- ISU Video: Using Earmuffs
- OSHA Safety and Health Topic: Occupational Noise Exposure
- OSHA Hearing Conservation Booklet
- OSHA Fact Sheet: Laboratory Safety Noise
- National Association of Schools of Music Performing Arts Medicine Association: Basic Information on Hearing Health: Information and Recommendations for Faculty and Staff in Schools of Music
- National Association of Schools of Music Performing Arts Medicine Association: Basic Information on Hearing Health Information and Recommendations for Administrators and Faculty in Schools of Music