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Privacy and Security Notice
ES&H Manual
Chapter 6640 Hearing Conservation Program

Purpose
High noise is a recognized hazard issue at Jefferson Lab. This hearing protection program has been established to ensure affected areas are identified, appropriate monitoring is established, and individuals are informed of the dangers and adequately protected.

This program satisfies applicable federal, state, and local requirements as outlined in ES&H Manual Chapter 2410 Appendix T1 Hazard Issues List.

Scope
Jefferson Lab requires hearing protection when noise levels are 85 dBA or greater during an 8-hour work day.


Table 1: Required Hearing Conservation Training by Job Classification

Training Course Anyone as Required
Medical Certification for High Noise
MED12*
X
* Per ES&H Manual Chapter 6800 Appendix T1 Medical Monitoring


Appendices:

T1 High Noise Hazard Evaluation and Area Monitoring
A high noise hazard evaluation and subsequent monitoring is conducted when individual exposure is suspected to be at or above 85 dBA. ES&H Manual Chapter 6640 Appendix T1 High Noise Hazard Evaluation and Area Monitoring provides recognized high noise symptoms; the process steps used to schedule and obtain a hazard evaluation; and how area monitoring is implemented.
T2 Hearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - Required and Voluntary Use (including Medical Monitoring)
Hearing protection is required at Jefferson Lab when high noise levels have been determine to be 85 dBA or greater. ES&H Manual Chapter 6640 Appendix T2 Hearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - Required and Voluntary Use (including Medical Monitoring) provides the process step used to determine the appropriate type; and when to obtain medical monitoring and training.
T3 High Noise Posting Requirements
Jefferson Lab recognizes that high noise is inherently dangerous. It is therefore required that designated areas be posted to provide warning of the potential hazard. ES&H Manual Chapter 6640 Appendix T3 High Noise Posting Requirements defines Jefferson Lab's labeling and posting requirements; and how to update, repair, and maintain these labels.
Responsibilities:

Management authority may be delegated at the discretion of the responsible manager.

Anyone at Jefferson Lab
Supervisors/Subcontracting Officer's Technical Representative (SOTR)/Sponsor
Industrial Hygiene
  • Perform High Noise Hazard Evaluations when requested, or identified.
  • Provide postings as appropriate.
  • Determine the required hearing protection.
Occupational Medicine


Document Control:
  • ISSUING AUTHORITY:   ESH&Q Division
    TECHNICAL POINT-OF-CONTACT:  Richard Owen
    APPROVAL DATE:   04/16/12
    EXPIRATION DATE:  04/16/17
    REVISION HISTORY
    Revision 1.1 - 05/20/14 - Added Required Safety Training Table.
    Revision 1 - 04/16/12: Update to reflect current laboratory operations.
    Revision 0 - 08/31/06: Original content.

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