The Hearing Conservation Training program will assist agriculture-based employers with an understanding of an OSHA hearing conservation program related to agricultural operations. This includes OSHA standards and the types of hearing protection that meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) standards. Training includes all aspects of a hearing conservation program including: noise level standards, work area surveillance, written worksite specific procedures, medical evaluation, care and storage of protective equipment and program evaluation.
Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:
1. Identify the required components of the OSHA hearing conservation program (monitoring, testing, protective equipment, training, and recordkeeping).
2. Recognize OSHA hearing conservation program components that relate to agricultural operations.
3. Describe established time weighted averages and decibel ratings present in agricultural settings.
4. Locate a minimum of three reliable resources that provide workplace hearing conservation program development tools and educational materials.