Many of our clients often wonder “how the heck do I know if I need to do hearing testing, and who should be included in the hearing conservation program??” This can best be determined by performing a noise survey.
Our noise surveys include a color coded contour map of the general background noise levels of your facility. We will also select about 10-12 employees per day to wear noise dosimeters, which will quantify the noise exposures associated with their job on an 8 hour, time weighted average basis.
All data is pulled together in a facility friendly report that will let you know exactly where your problem areas are and who needs to be included in a hearing conservation program. Our clients love these!
How often do you need a noise survey? The regulation, 29 CFR 1910.95, states that a noise survey should be done anytime there is a change in the work environment such as adding or removing equipment, adding or removing jobs, etc., or at least every 2 years. Since with most companies these changes are on-going, the best industry practice is to have a new noise survey performed annually. Have you had yours this year?