ES&H Manual



6640 Appendix T3

High Noise Posting Requirements



1.0          Purpose


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.  This appendix defines Jefferson Lab’s labeling and posting requirements; and how to update, repair, and maintain these labels.


2.0          Scope


Posting requirements apply to areas and stationary equipment.


The process steps for this procedure are performed in coordination with ES&H Manual Chapter 6640 Hearing Conservation Program.


3.0          Responsibilities

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


3.1            Anyone at Jefferson Lab

·       Read and abide by posting requirements.


3.2            Supervisor/Subcontracting Officer’s Technical Representative (SOTR)/Sponsor

·       Ensure warning signs are posted and maintained in accordance with requirements.


3.3            Industrial Hygiene

·       Perform High Noise Hazard Evaluations and provide postings as appropriate.


4.0          Process Steps


4.1            Area Posting Requirements


4.1.1       If hearing protection is required prior to entry into an area, the following signage is posted outside the area of danger.  Prior to entering individuals are required to don appropriate PPE or ensure other mitigation measures have been implemented.  




4.2            Activity Posting


Activities that produce high noise do not required hazard postings.  (For concerns regarding high noise due to an activity see ES&H Manual Chapter 6640 Appendix T2 Hearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – Required and Voluntary Use (including Medical Monitoring).


4.3            Equipment Labeling


Do not remove manufacturers’ equipment label(s).  Contact the manufacturer if labels are missing or damaged.  Read and follow manufacturer’s warnings. 


4.4            Update, Repair, or Maintenance to Labels 


Anyone at Jefferson Lab may request new, update, repair, or maintenance to a hazard posting.


·       Contact Industrial Hygiene and state the posting needing review.

o   If it is determined that the posting is defective, Industrial Hygiene will rectify the situation.

o   If posting is adequate – Industrial Hygiene informs the concerned party(s) of the determination.


5.0          Revision Summary


Revision 1 – 04/16/12 – Update to reflect current laboratory operations.

Revision 0 – 08/31/06 – Original content.












ESH&Q Division

Richard Owen





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