Hearing Conservation Program


The Hearing Conservation Program at the University of Notre Dame has been established to define employer and employee responsibilities that ensure safe practices designed to protect each employee from exposure to high sound levels while they perform their duties. Although individual susceptibility, personal hobbies, pre-existing medical conditions and age affect individual hearing loss, it is a priority of the University to protect employees from occupational noise exposures. All University employees whose potential exposure to sound levels averaging greater than 85 dBA for 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week or to periodic sounds that exceed 115 dBA, are required to participate in the University’s Hearing Conservation Program. 

Written Program

Hearing Conservation Program (153 kb, pdf)

Training Requirements

All employees exposed to noise levels that meet or exceed an 8-hr TWA of 85 dBA shall be trained and then periodically retrained. The training will include the effects of noise on hearing, contributing factors that cause hearing loss, the purpose of hearing protection, advantages and disadvantages of the different types of hearing protection, the attenuation factors of hearing protection, how to select hearing protection, how to properly use hearing protection, the purpose of audiometric testing and what it means, employee responsibilities, and employer responsibilities.

Signage like that below shall be posted in areas identified as having noise levels requiring hearing protection. Signs like these can be purchased from Grainger.

High Noise Area Sign


Regulatory Information

The University of Notre Dame has developed the Hearing Conservation Program in accordance with federal regulations CFR 1910.95.