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Hearing Loss Prevention is a term used to describe the activities and programs designed to reduce or eliminate occupational noise-induced hearing loss. Noise-induced hearing loss is the most prevalent occupational disease and is permanent and irreversible. Approximately 300,000 BC workers are exposed to loud enough noise in their jobs to cause this disease.
The Occupational Health & Safety Regulation, Part 7, Division 1 sets out the requirements for protecting workers against noise. The Regulation sets the limits for noise exposure and the elements of a noise control and hearing conservation program that must be provided to all workers whose noise exposure exceeds those limits. There are accompanying "Guidelines" which show alternatives for complying with the Regulation.
It is useful for any employer's noise control and hearing conservation program to be in writing, so that everyone including workers and supervisors understand it. These are 2 examples of written programs that may be useful: