Noise is described as a sound, especially one that is loud or unpleasant or that causes disturbance. Exposure to high levels of noise for extended periods of time can cause hearing loss. In accordance with the OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration) Occupational Noise Exposure Standard, employees who job tasks require them to be exposed to sound levels at or above an eight hour time-weighted average (TWA) of 85 decibels (dB) or more, must be included in William and Mary's Hearing Conservation Program. This program is in place to protect the hearing of all workers at the University.
Elements of the hearing conservation program include:
- Audiometric testing program
- Hearing Protection
- Training and Information
For more information, view the Hearing Conservation Program document (docx).