Department Heads, Managers, Supervisors, and Principal Investigators
- Provide work environments that minimize noise to the greatest extent reasonable.
- Request that the Office of Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S) evaluate noisy operations.
- Provide hearing protection devices at no cost for employees where needed, and notify EH&S so that training may be provided on their care and use.
- Ensure that employees exposed to noise over the Action Level are enrolled in the Hearing Conservation Program, given training and provided with audiometric exams and hearing protection devices.
- Provide easy access to hearing protection devices and ensure that employees use such devices where appropriate.
- Post areas known to present noise hazards with signs requiring the use of hearing protectors.
- Make copies of Article 105 available to employees enrolled in the Hearing Conservation Program or their representatives and post a copy in the workplace. Any informational materials supplied by California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) shall also be provided to affected employees.
Faculty, Staff, Students, Visitors, and Guests
- Wear approved hearing protection devices in posted noise hazard areas and during tasks identified with potential noise exposure greater than 85 Aweighted decibels (dBA).
- Maintain hearing protectors in sanitary condition and proper working order.
- Report noise hazards and hearing protector problems to the appropriate supervisor.
Office of Environment, Health & Safety (EH&S)
- Monitor worksites for noise levels and inform employees, supervisors, and the Occupational Health Clinic at University Health Services of results.
- Recommend appropriate engineering and administrative noise control measures.
- Assist employees in selection of proper protection devices and provide instruction on their care and use.
- Based on noise monitoring, determine whether employees need to be enrolled in the campus Hearing Conservation Program.
- Provide training to campus departments on the Hearing Conservation Program, upon request.
- Periodically review and update the Hearing Conservation Program to be consistent with changes in protective equipment and work processes.
University Health Services (UHS)
- Provide baseline and annual hearing tests (audiometry).
- Provide complete audiometric evaluations as needed to determine a Standard Threshold Shift.
- Communicate any identified Standard Threshold Shifts to the employee and her/his supervisor.
- Provide information and training on noise hazards and hearing conservation required under CCR Title 8 §5099.
- Establish any work restrictions necessary to prevent additional hearing loss.