The level of noise exposure at which:
- A person must be enrolled in the Hearing Conservation Program and must be provided audiometric testing.
- Representative noise exposure monitoring is required
- Hearing protectors and training on noise hazards must be provided to the employee.
Testing conducted for measuring the sensitivity of a person's hearing threshold in decibels.
The standard unit used to measure sound pressure level. The decibel scale is logarithmic and every five dBA is a doubling of the sound pressure level.
The unit of measure for noise frequency in cycles per second. (1 cycle/ second= 1Hz)
Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL):
The maximum allowable noise exposure, established by Cal/OSHA as a legal limit. The current PEL for noise is 90 dBA averaged over an eight-hour period.
Noise Reduction Rating (NRR):
A measure of the amount of noise reduction provided by a given hearing protection device.
Standard Threshold Shift (STS):
A change in hearing threshold relative to the baseline audiogram of an average of 10 dBA or more at 2000, 3000, and 4000 Hz in either ear.