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November 24, 1987

Mr. David J. Eisen
Director Research and Information
The Newspaper Guild
1125 Fifteenth Street, N.W., Room 550
Washington, D.C. 20005

Dear Mr. Eisen:

This is in response to your letter of November 5, to Assistant Secretary John A. Pendergrass of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requesting that OSHA adopt a criterion for recording occupational hearing loss on the OSHA Form 200 suggested by the American Industrial Hygiene Association. Your letter was forwarded to the Directorate of Technical Support for reply.

OSHA is currently investigating and considering various criteria for recording occupational hearing loss that have been suggested from both within and outside the Agency. Moreover, a meeting is planned for the near future with representatives of the American Industrial Hygiene Association to discuss the Association's suggestions. Be assured the Agency will adopt a fair, clear definition of recordable hearing loss which will result in overall improved worker protection.

Thank you for your continuing interest in occupational safety and health.


Edward J. Baier Director
Directorate of Technical Support