The University of Iowa

Hearing Conservation Program (Noise)

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.


Contact information and areas of expertise can be found on the Contact Us page.




  • 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.

For further training and registration information, go to EHS Safety Training.



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