Occupational Noise and Hearing Conservation
University of Louisville employees whose occupational noise exposure exceeds 85 decibels for an 8-hour time-weighted average must be enrolled in a Hearing Conservation Program. Annual training is an integral part of this program. The training provides information on complying with the OSHA Noise Standard, establishing an effective hearing conservation program, the effects of noise on hearing, the purpose of hearing protectors and the various types available, and the purpose of audiometric testing.
Physical Plant has a Hearing Conservation Program for Steam and Chill Plant workers and Groundskeepers. The Physical Plant Manager of Staff Development conducts initial and annual refresher training for these employees.
Research Resource Facilities has a Hearing Conservation Program for the cage wash workers and animal care technicians. RRF administration schedules initial and annual refresher training, which is conducted by the DEHS Industrial Hygienist.
University employees who would like a noise exposure evaluation should ask their supervisor to contact the DEHS Industrial Hygiene Manager.