The Hearing Conservation Program at UAF covers all employees who are exposed to hazardous levels of noise in their workplace. The OSHA Hearing Conservation Standard (29 CFR 1910.95) defines hazardous noise as any sound level greater than 90 decibels. Employees who are routinely exposed to noise in excess of 85 decibels measured as an 8-hour time-weighted average are enrolled in the UAF Hearing Conservation Program.
EHSRM can provide sound level testing and dosimetry services to employees who are concerned about hazardous noise exposure in their work place. Contact the Industrial Hygiene division at 474-6771.
The UAF Hearing Conservation Program provides enrolled employees with the following services:
- An initial (baseline) audiogram
- Assistance in selecting suitable hearing protection
- Annual audiograms
- Fit-testing of ear plugs
- Consultation services
Audio and Hearing Loss (15 mins) (Audio file)
Fitting Push-in Style Earplugs (5 mins) (Video file)
Auditory Transduction (7 mins) (Video file)
Workers Testimonials about Hearing Loss (1 min) (Video file)
Hearing Loss Visual flyer (Image)