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State Standards

There are twenty-eight OSHA-approved State Plans, operating state-wide occupational safety and health programs. State Plans are required to have standards and enforcement programs that are at least as effective as OSHA's and may have different or more stringent requirements.

Noise and hearing conservation is addressed in specific standards for recordkeeping, general industry, maritime, and construction employment. This section highlights OSHA standards, Federal Register notices (rules and proposed rules), and letters of interpretation (official letters of interpretation of the standards) for Construction Industry.

Recording and reporting occupational injuries and illness (29 CFR 1904) [related topic page]

  • 1904.10, Recording criteria for cases involving occupational hearing loss

Construction Industry (29 CFR 1926)

For additional information on specific state plans or other general standards, see the general industry standards section.

Federal Register notices

Dockets and E-Comments

Letters of Interpretation

Consensus Standards and Recommendations from Other Professional Organizations

Note: These are NOT OSHA regulations. However, they do provide guidance from their originating organizations related to worker protection.

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

  • A10.46-2007, Hearing Loss Prevention for Construction and Demolition Workers. Helps employers prevent occupational hearing loss among construction and demolition workers and applies to all construction and demolition workers with potential noise exposures (continuous, intermittent and impulse) of 85 decibels, A-weighted (dBA) and above. It was approved by ANSI on March 5, 2007, and by the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) on March 20, 2007.

World Health Organization (WHO)

Health Effects
General Resources
  • Other Resources. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Workplace Safety and Health Topic. Includes links to campaigns, conferences and workshops as well as links to organizations involved in hearing loss prevention.
  • Occupational Noise & Hearing Conservation – Training booklets. School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Washington. Includes links to a series of PDFs on hearing loss prevention in the construction industry.
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