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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.

The references on this page provide information related to noise in construction including OSHA's noise construction regulations, national consensus standards and recommendations from other professional organizations, health effects and general resources.

OSHA Noise Construction Regulations

This section highlights OSHA standards, Federal Register notices (rules and proposed rules), and letters of interpretation (official letters of interpretation of the standards) for the Construction Industry.

Noise and hearing conservation is addressed in specific standards for construction. For information on recordkeeping and general industry standards, see the general industry requirements section.

Construction Industry Standards (29 CFR 1926)
Related Information
Subpart D - Occupational health and environmental controls 1926.52, Occupational noise exposure
Subpart E - Personal protective and life saving equipment 1926.101, Hearing protection
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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