How to implement hearing conversation program
The procedure purpose to establish policy on hearing conservation is to establish requirements and processes that will reduce risk of permanent impairment from exposure to hazardous levels of noise.
The purpose of the establishment of policy that helps to improvement in reduction of hazardous level of noise in workplaces by implementing hearing conservation policy at all the locations where noise level are recorded higher than acceptable levels, hence the policy and its related requirements, and processes, instructions are managed to considering risk levels. The safety policy should be applicable at all the areas of workplaces where employees can be exposed to hazardous noise levels. This process / procedure implementation is managed by identification of workplaces, areas and sources of noise, recording the levels of current dba levels and identify and implementation of controls measures as and when required. Established policy are needs provides training, personal protective equipment, engineering controls and medical evaluations to ensure that the all employees’ hearing is not permanently impaired, The acceptable levels of noise should be maintained as per government requirements are included in the hearing conservation program. Hence it is necessary that strict enforcement of this program be practiced by all the employees that the program is considered essential to the organization’s goal protecting all the employees and providing a safe workplace.
All the workplaces should be properly monitoring system defined and deployed, the work area must monitored when its is suspected that any employee may be exposed to noise level, that should be verified by noise meter, if monitoring results show that the any employee’s noise exposure is at above acceptable level that about 80 dBA (General) , monitoring is required annually thereafter. In case of new machinery, equipment, process or production stage change can that may affect the noise exposure that should monitor process should be must conducted.
For the noise control, where feasible, excessive noise levels greater than 90 dBA ( or as per government rule) will be reduced to levels below 90 dBA(or as government rule) , utilizing manufacturing and engineering work practices to controls. All the new machinery, equipment or any installations must utilize engineering controls to reduce noise level as acceptable level defined that is below 85 dBA where feasible. The hearing protectors should be provided by management, hearing protectors like earplugs, muffs, earcaps will be provided to all the employees whose noise exposure exceeds 85 dBA, and its mandatory for all employees.