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 & Mary's Hearing Conservation Program.
The EH&S Office ensures employee hearing tests (audiograms) are conducted on an annual basis. In addition, EH&S coordinates hearing devices fit testing with enrolled employees to ensure each individual has ear plugs that are comfortable, fits properly and provide optimal protection. These various hearing devices are readily available at the Facilities Management Warehouse.
Elements of the hearing conservation program include:
- Audiometric testing program
- Hearing Protection
- Training and Information
For more information, view the Hearing Conservation Program.
Hearing Protection required areas are identified on this map (pdf)