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Noise Hazard Assessment and Control

    Title:

    Noise Hazard Assessment and Control

    Publication date:

    6/18/2013

    Effective date:

    4/4/2013

    BRIEF

    Policy Summary

    The Noise Hazard Assessment and Control Program at Berkeley Lab ensures personnel are protected from noise hazards by:

    • Evaluating potential noise hazards
    • Implementing noise-reduction controls where feasible and providing hearing protection
    • Performing periodic hearing examinations
    • Providing hearing-protection training and
    • Identifying high-noise areas with signage

    Who Should Read This Policy

    Berkeley Lab employees, visitors, affiliates, and subcontractors who could be performing work in or around high-noise sources

    To Read the Full Policy, Go To:

    The POLICY tab on this wiki page

    To Read the ES&H Program Details, Go To:

    http://www.lbl.gov/ehs/pub3000/CH39.html

    Contact Information

    Noise/Hearing Conservation Subject Matter Expert
    Industrial Hygiene Group
    EHSS Division

    Title:

    Noise Hazard Assessment and Control

    Publication date:

    6/18/2013

    Effective date:

    4/4/2013

    POLICY

    A. Purpose

    The Noise Hazard Assessment and Control Program at Berkeley Lab ensures personnel are protected from noise hazards by:

    • Evaluating potential noise hazards
    • Implementing noise-reduction controls where feasible and providing hearing protection
    • Performing periodic hearing examinations
    • Providing hearing-protection training and
    • Identifying high-noise areas with signage

    B. Persons Affected

    Berkeley Lab employees, visitors, affiliates, and subcontractors who could be performing work in or around high-noise sources

    C. Exceptions

    Not applicable

    D. Policy Statement

    It is the policy of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) to maintain work environments that will not adversely affect the health, safety, and well-being of Berkeley Lab workers. Other on-site workers such as construction contractors are required to have similar programs to protect their employees.

    The Berkeley Lab Noise Hazard Assessment and Control Program requires the use of engineering controls, administrative controls, and personal protective equipment to maintain employees' occupational noise-exposure levels below the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) Threshold Limit Value (TLV); and requires compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration federal regulatory requirements. Employees exposed to noise levels at or above the ACGIH TLV will be enrolled in the Noise Hazard Assessment and Control Program.

    E. Roles and Responsibilities

    Role

    Responsibilities

    Workers

    Request an exposure assessment when a concern is present regarding potential noise exposure, and follow all guidance provided in training and work processes to evaluate and control exposures

    Supervisors and Work Leads

    Request an exposure assessment when a concern is present regarding potential exposure; and ensure that persons within their areas of responsibility comply with this policy and its implementing documents, and have completed the required training prior to beginning work

    Industrial Hygienist

    Facilitates appropriate noise surveys and/or sampling

    Health Services

    Provides audiometric testing and maintains enrollment in the Noise Hazard Assessment and Control Program

    F. Definitions/Acronyms

    See the ES&H Manual Noise Hazard Assessment and Control program for technical terms related to the details of this policy and its implementation.

    Term

    Definition

    ACGIH

    American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists

    CFR

    Code of Federal Regulations

    Exposure Assessment

    The process of defining exposure profiles and judging the acceptability of workplace exposures to environmental agents. These assessments may be quantitative, semi-quantitative, or qualitative. These assessments are generally conducted by an EHSS professional, which may include industrial hygienists or safety engineers. These assessments may be conducted for representative employees and are not required to be conducted for each individual. In all cases, employees have full access to exposure monitoring information, including situations where an individual's exposure is not monitored.

    Threshold Limit Value (TLV)

    TLVs for noise refer to sound pressure levels and durations of exposure to which nearly all workers may be repeatedly exposed without adverse effect. These values are developed and published by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH).

    G. Recordkeeping Requirements

    EHSS is responsible for keeping records of the following:

    • Job Hazard Analysis
    • AHD
    • Audiometric evaluation
    • Training records
    • Noise hazard evaluations
    • Exposure monitoring results

    H. Implementing Documents

    Document number

    Title

    Type

    07.07.022.001

    Noise Hazard Assessment and Control

    Program

    07.07.022.002

    Work Process A, General Requirements

    Process

    07.07.022.003

    Work Process B, Noise Monitoring and Hazard Assessment

    Process

    07.07.022.004

    Work Process C, Controlling Nuisance Noise

    Process

    07.07.022.005

    Work Process D, Controlling Hazardous Noise

    Process

    07.07.022.006

    Work Process E, Audiometric Testing and Hearing Conservation Training

    Process

    I. Contact Information

    Noise/Hearing Conservation Subject Matter Expert
    Industrial Hygiene Group
    EHSS Division

    J. Revision History

    Date

    Revision

    By whom

    Revision Description

    Section(s) affected

    Change Type

    1/2/2012

    0

    H. Toor

    Rewrite for wiki (brief)

    All

    Minor

    6/18/2013

    1

    H. Toor

    Rewrite for wiki (policy)

    All

    Minor

    DOCUMENT INFORMATION

    Title:

    Noise Hazard Assessment and Control

    Document number

    07.07.022.000

    Revision number

    1

    Publication date:

    6/18/2013

    Effective date:

    4/4/2013

    Next review date:

    4/4/2016

    Policy Area:

    Industrial Hygiene and Safety

    RPM Section (home)

    ESH

    RPM Section (cross-reference)

    None

    Functional Division

    EHSS

    Prior reference information (optional)

    PUB-3000 Section 4.5 moved to Chapter 39

    Source Requirements Documents

    • 29 CFR 1910.95, Occupational Noise Exposure
    • 10 CFR 851.23(10), DOE Worker Safety and Health Program Implementing Documents
    • LBNL/PUB-3851, Worker Safety and Health Program

    Implementing Documents

    Document number

    Title

    Type

    07.07.022.001

    Noise Hazard Assessment and Control

    Program

    07.07.022.002

    Work Process A, General Requirements

    Process

    07.07.022.003

    Work Process B, Noise Monitoring and Hazard Assessment

    Process

    07.07.022.004

    Work Process C, Controlling Nuisance Noise

    Process

    07.07.022.005

    Work Process D, Controlling Hazardous Noise

    Process

    07.07.022.006

    Work Process E, Audiometric Testing and Hearing Conservation Training

    Process

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