Hearing Conservation

Exposure to excessive noises can cause permanent hearing loss. In order to protect KUMC staff, faculty and students, the Hearing Conservation Program is in place to effectively monitor and survey loud noises on campus, maintain a medical surveillance program, and assist in proper control measures. 

Noise Hazards

Any occupational exposure to noises that are greater then 85dB 8 hr-TWA (Time Weighted Average) must be monitored. EHS's Hearing Conservation program provides annual noise monitoring and annual medical evaluations for individuals exposed to noises greater then 85dB. The need for monitoring will be based on data collected via comprehensive industrial hygiene surveys conducted by the Safety Office or other qualified individuals. Based on this information, an employee exposure monitoring strategy will then be developed and implemented. 

Monitoring will be conducted when: ·        

  • There is a suspected area with higher than normal sound levels ·        
  • There is a change in production level, process, equipment, or noise controls that change employee exposure
  • On an annual basis for pre-defined areas

Medical Monitoring

All employees who are exposed to noises at 85dB (8hr-TWA) are required to enroll in the hearing conservation program and be medically evaluated. Medical monitoring requires an initial audiometric screen and annual thereafter.  

Training and Personal Protective Equipment

Annual Training is required for everyone enrolled in the Hearing Conservation Program. Annual Training will give an overview of noise hazards and information on noise-induced hearing loss, proper hearing protection, maintenance and use. 

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